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Parliamentary Questions

Question Without Notice No. 1137 asked in the Legislative Council on 15 October 2019 by Hon Tim Clifford

Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on 15 October 2019


1137. Hon TIM CLIFFORD to the Leader of the House representing the Premier:

I refer to today's announcement that the federal Labor shadow minister for climate change and energy will move a motion in the Australian Parliament today to declare a climate emergency.

(1) Does the Premier stand by his comments last week that Australia and Western Australia are not in a climate emergency; and will the Premier please explain the reason behind these comments?

(2) Given that federal Labor agrees that there is a climate emergency, what correspondence has the Premier had with his federal Labor counterparts about Western Australia and Australia being in a climate emergency?

Hon SUE ELLERY replied:

I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question.

(1) The Premier stated last week that he was not prepared to declare a climate emergency, or commit Western Australia to a policy of net zero emissions by 2020. Such a policy would destroy Western Australia's economy and lead to mass unemployment. The Premier noted that Western Australia has a massively improved take-up of renewable energy and that worldwide we need to act more on conservation, climate change, marine protection and elimination of waste.

(2) The Premier has not had any correspondence with his federal colleagues on this issue.