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Parliamentary Questions

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


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?


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.