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Question Without Notice No. 978 asked in the Legislative Council on 5 September 2019 by Hon Tim Clifford

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

Answered on 5 September 2019

CLIMATE CHANGE

978. Hon TIM CLIFFORD to the Minister for Environment:

I refer to the minister's comments during yesterday's motion on notice, specifically —

We simply cannot wait for a coordinated bipartisan national approach before we act on this important issue, because we have waited thus far and have seen very little �

As the minister has acknowledged that the federal government has done little to coordinate a national approach on climate change, will the minister please explain why he admitted during yesterday's climate emergency motion to defer the responsibility of addressing climate change to the federal government?

Hon STEPHEN DAWSON replied:

I have a written answer, but I will keep it brief. We have consistently noted that the federal government is responsible for the agreements that it has signed. We had a fantastic debate in here yesterday about the issue of climate change. The reality is that we are doing a lot as a state government. We put out our draft climate policy yesterday, which I encourage the member to submit on; we have a hydrogen strategy; and we are building Metronet, taking cars off roads. We are delivering all those things because we care about the environment and I hope the member does too.