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Question Without Notice No. 96 asked in the Legislative Council on 20 February 2019 by Hon Tim Clifford

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

Answered on 20 February 2019

CLIMATE CHANGE POLICY

96. Hon TIM CLIFFORD to the Minister for Environment:

I refer to the minister's announcement of a state-based climate change policy last year.

(1) Will the minister please outline what work has been undertaken to develop this policy since the announcement was made almost three months ago?

(2) Is the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation's climate change unit on track to complete a comprehensive climate change policy by December 2019?

(3) As per the minister's response to question without notice 1338, will the minister please outline what policy objectives are being considered to develop the climate change policy?

Hon STEPHEN DAWSON replied:

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

(1)–(3) To ensure a coordinated approach across government, we are developing a Western Australian climate policy to address the challenges of climate change with a road map for actions from a state perspective. We will play our part to help Western Australia adapt to current and projected impacts, and to protect our environment, economy and community. The McGowan government has already commenced a wide range of climate-related initiatives, including measures to enhance renewable energy and strategies to secure our water supplies, accelerate the uptake of electric vehicles and unlock our state's significant carbon sequestration potential. A new state climate policy will draw together and build on these measures. A directors general steering committee has been established to support the development of a coordinated policy. As outlined by the Premier in the other place on 12 February 2019, the policy will be developed this year and will address both adaptation and mitigation.