The latest Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) scorecard of the nation’s major political parties’ climate and environment policies has savaged the Federal Government, giving them 4/100 on major indices.
ACF assessed the parties’ policies on 50 key indicators on four areas - ramping up renewables, phasing out coal, stopping Adani’s coal mine and protecting nature – and has liaised with the parties before giving each a score out of 100.
Greens topped the ranking at 99/100, followed by Labor at 56/100 and the Coalition at 4/100.
“Stopping climate change and protecting nature are top issues for Australians at this election, according to numerous opinion polls and the ABC’s Vote Compass,” said ACF’s Chief Executive Officer, Kelly O’Shanassy.
“Australians are already being hurt by climate damage and they want to be represented by politicians who take the issue seriously and will act with urgency.
“The Coalition’s signature climate policy – the emissions reduction fund – has not curbed Australia’s climate pollution. For the Coalition to again offer this ineffective policy as its main plan to tackle climate change shows a disregard for farmers, survivors of natural disasters fuelled by global warming and the next generation of Australians.