Crossbench supports relaunch of climate change bill
Federal Member for Mayo Rebekha Sharkie joined Zali Steggall MP as the Member for Warringah relaunched her Climate Change Bill campaign today.
COVID-19 restrictions had delayed the introduction of Zali's Climate Change (National Framework for Adaptation and Mitigation) Bill 2020. The bill has now been updated following consultation with business groups, environmental organisations, law experts and federal MPs.
The Bill will be seconded by Rebekha and is expected to be tabled in November.
The Bill is supported by the Australian Business Council, Atlassian, the Climate Council, Australian Energy Council and WWF Australia, among others. It has also been endorsed by prominent leaders including Christiana Figuerres, former UN climate chief who oversaw
the Paris Agreement, Economist Professor Ross Garnaut and US Climate Scientist Dr Michael Mann.
The Climate Act Now website, www.climateactnow.com.au has been relaunched, calling on Australians to support the bill and add their name to the many signatories from every electorate in Australia.
Zali Steggall OAM MP, Independent for Warringah said:
“The Climate Change Act gives us the opportunity to rebuild from the COVID-19 crisis in a sustainable way, future proofing our jobs and economy.
"We are seeing UK, Germany and major energy corporations including Woodside, BHP, AGL and BP committing to net zero by 2050. It’s time for the Morrison government to step up and join these leaders."
Rebekha Sharkie MP, Centre Alliance MP for Mayo said:
“It is my hope that this legislation will break through the partisan politics and that the Australian community will get behind Zali’s campaign at climateactnow.com.au and put pressure on their Federal members to call for a conscience vote.”
Photo: Centre Alliance Federal Member for Mayo Rebekha Sharkie, left, Independent Member for Warringah Zali Steggall and Independent Member for Indi Helen Haines.