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Question Without Notice No. 696 asked in the Legislative Council on 26 June 2019 by Hon Tim Clifford

Minister responding: Hon S.N. Dawson
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on 26 June 2019

CLIMATE CHANGE POLICY — LOW-CARBON TRANSITION

696. Hon TIM CLIFFORD to the Minister for Environment:

I refer to tabled paper 2783 tabled on 13 June, specifically the reference to the evaluation by the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation's climate change unit of options to support Western Australia's low-carbon transition.

(1) Given the minister's recent comments in The West Australian rejecting plans for a carbon tax, can the minister confirm the climate change unit is still evaluating the establishment of a carbon abatement fund underpinned by industry contributions to support WA's low-carbon transition?

(2) What other options is the climate change unit evaluating to support WA's low-carbon transition?

Hon STEPHEN DAWSON replied:

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

(1)–(2) As the honourable member would be aware, I announced the development of a new, coordinated climate policy for Western Australia on 5 December 2018. The policy will be developed in a consultative manner acknowledging the need for business certainty. The McGowan government remains focused on creating jobs and economic development in Western Australia and this will continue to be the key priority. A range of options and issues is currently being worked through and considered by government to support Western Australia's low-carbon transition. Many of these will form part of an issues paper to be consulted on with stakeholders and the community. The paper will seek the views of stakeholders and the community on the challenges and opportunities for Western Australia and will be important in finalising the state's climate policy. I anticipate the issues paper will be released in coming months.