Senate climate change impacts inquiry reaches no consensus

The Senate report on current and future impacts of climate change on housing, buildings and infrastructure, has finally been tabled, but Greens, Coalition and Labor senators failed to agree on any recommendations.

The inquiry, which was referred to the Environment and Communications References Committee in May last year and granted extensions three times, looked at impacts on a range of matters including water supply, transportation, energy infrastructure, health, education and housing and the adequacy of current state and Commonwealth policies to address climate change impacts. A total of 65 submissions were considered by the committee.

It looked at how state governments are responding to climate change threats through urban and coastal planning; implications of climate change for insurance and property finance; for building design; for transport and utilities – water and sewage infrastructure and electricity; and for buildings that service the health care, aged care, education, tourism and public recreation sectors. It finally looked at Commonwealth, state and territory climate change policies and at local government strategies and responses to climate change.

All three political parties represented on the committee made additional comments to the report, the Greens and Labor contributions including a number of recommendations. The Coalition's additional comments included no recommendations.

The final report and submissions are available here

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