Steggall bill sets out plan of action for future national climate strategy


Independent MP, Zali Steggall, Member for Wahringa, has released details of her Climate Change (National Framework for Adaptation and Mitigation) Bill 2020, to be tabled as a private member's bill in Parliament on March 23.

The bill proposes that a long-term national emissions target should be set to achieve net zero emissions by 2050. The target would be reviewed every five years by an independent Climate Change Commission (CCC), to be established to advise Government and Parliament.

The bill would also require five-year emissions budgets to be set in advance, and five year plans to ensure those emissions budgets are met.

The CCC would complete an annual National Climate Change Risk Assessment, reviewing changes to national and regional climates, water availability, vegetation cover and air quality, as well as possible changes to international climate and trade policies. It would identify risks across Australia's economy, society and environment, to which Australia will need to respond.

The CCC would also report annually on Australia's national and sector progress against targets, the extent to which Australian adaptation and mitigation plans are being delivered, and the extent to which their objectives are being met.

The proposed legislation would require the government to set five-year national adaptation plans for the nation and for nominated regional and economic sectors (such as agriculture, biodiversity, national parks, marine parks, health, energy, transport, services, education, planning, construction, infrastructure, etc).

The bill calls for principles to be set out by which Australia would engage in international climate change negotiations.

Ms Steggall has called for a conscience vote when the bill is introduced. The full bill is available here.

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