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Parliamentary Questions

Question On Notice No. 75 asked in the Legislative Council on 22 June 2017 by Hon Tim Clifford

Question Directed to the: Minister for Environment
Minister responding: Hon S.N. Dawson
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

I refer to the previous government's complete and utter failure to take any meaningful action to address climate change, one of the most important issues of our time, and I ask:

(a) how many full-time equivalent staff within any state government department are currently dedicated to addressing the issue of climate change;
(b) what are the titles and classifications of these staff and for which government departments do they work;
(c) will the Government commit to creating a climate change ministerial portfolio;
(d) will the Government commit to establishing a climate change department; and
(e) if no to (c) and (d), why not?
Answered on 24 August 2017

(a) – (b) As Environment Minister, I am currently undertaking a stocktake of climate change adaptation and mitigation policies, projects and programs across government. This stocktake will help inform a whole-of-government answer to your question.

I can inform you that the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation has 3.6 FTE dedicated to climate change, comprising:

Principal Policy Officer – Specified Calling 4

Principal Policy Officer – Level 7

Principal Policy Officer – Level 7 (0.6 FTE)

Policy Officer – Level 5

These positions are overseen by a Director and Executive Director.

(c) – (e) The McGowan Labor Government is committed to responsible action to adapt to the effects of climate change and for Western Australia to play its part in mitigating greenhouse gas emissions. The stocktake I have undertaken will inform this government’s future approach and priorities in this area, but I can confirm that the McGowan Labor Government considers climate change to be a whole of government function that should be embedded into all agencies with leadership from the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation and the Department of the Premier and Cabinet.