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Question Without Notice No. 921 asked in the Legislative Council on 10 October 2018 by Hon Tim Clifford

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

Answered on 10 October 2018

CLIMATE CHANGE — POLICY

921. Hon TIM CLIFFORD to the Minister for Environment:

I refer to the minister's response to question without notice 903 and the alarming report published recently by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

(1) Can the minister explain why, in the 18 months that the McGowan government has been in power, the only action taken towards developing a climate change policy has been to prepare to develop a process to support development of the policy?

(2) Will the minister commit to a time line for the development of a climate change policy, and will the minister please outline this time frame?

(3) In relation to the portfolio consultation undertaken, which organisations and individuals have been consulted?

(4) Is the reintroduction of industry caps on emissions included within the scope of the policy document?

Hon STEPHEN DAWSON replied:

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

(1) Since coming to power in March 2017, the McGowan government has re-established and resourced the climate change unit in the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation. The unit has already undertaken a stocktake of climate change actions across government, which considered climate change adaptation and mitigation policies, projects and programs. The unit has also commenced consultation with key agencies on climate-related initiatives and is examining cost-effective options to promote and accelerate the transition to electric vehicles. The climate change unit is also working across government on carbon-related initiatives. Additionally, I have asked the Environmental Protection Authority to provide some advice on the ministerial conditions applied to some of the state's major emitters.

(2) No.

(3) There were 39 state government agencies and government trading enterprises consulted as part of the stocktake. My office continues to consult broadly across government to advance a process to support the development of a future policy.

(4) The McGowan government considers that national approaches to mitigation are generally more economically efficient.