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Question Without Notice No. 1093 asked in the Legislative Council on 6 November 2018 by Hon Robin Scott

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

Answered on

EMISSIONS REDUCTION FUND

1093. Hon ROBIN SCOTT to the Minister for Environment:

(1) Will the minister confirm that in June 2018, the commonwealth's seventh emissions reduction fund auction, at a cost to taxpayers of $90 million, awarded 32 carbon abatement contracts to deliver over 6.7 million tonnes of carbon abatement at an average price of $11.97 a tonne, bringing the cumulative total to $2.29 billion?

(2) Of the $2.29 billion so far committed Australia-wide, how much has been applied to projects in Western Australia?

(3) Does the government of Western Australia remain committed to supporting a Canberra plan that essentially pays Western Australian primary producers not to produce food and not to produce fibre?

(4) What research into Canberra's emissions reduction fund scheme was conducted by the then WA government before agreeing to support the scheme?

Hon STEPHEN DAWSON replied:

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

(1)–(2) These questions are more appropriately asked of the relevant federal minister.

(3) The McGowan government has provided in-principle support for carbon farming projects on the state's pastoral lands. The specific carbon farming methods under consideration by the government have the capacity to unlock new income streams for pastoralists while restoring degraded rangelands. These methods are anticipated to improve depleted rangelands and enhance productivity.

(4) I am advised that no research was published on the emissions reduction fund scheme by the Barnett government. The McGowan government is in the process of carefully evaluating the pilot projects on the state's pastoral lands, noting that the focus is initially on grazing strategies that promote regeneration of native vegetation. This assessment will be completed prior to the state granting final consent, which is required for emissions reduction fund projects carried out on crown land.