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Question Without Notice No. 903 asked in the Legislative Council on 9 October 2018 by Hon Tim Clifford

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

Answered on

CLIMATE CHANGE — POLICY

903. Hon TIM CLIFFORD to the Minister for Environment:

In response to my question without notice 346 asked on 10 May, the Minister for Environment said that a stocktake of climate change actions had been undertaken by the state government as the first step in establishing the McGowan government's climate change policy. As per the minister's response to question on notice 715, I understand that this was completed prior to 12 October 2017.

(1) Has the government subsequently commenced developing a climate change policy?

(2) If yes to (1) —

(a) what stage is it at and what is the scope of the policy;

(b) what consultations have occurred in the development of this policy;

(c) will the policy have an implementation plan to ensure the recommendations can be enacted; and

(d) when is the McGowan government likely to adopt the state-based climate change policy?

(3) If no to (1), considering that climate change is the most pressing issue of current times, and national emissions continue to rise, what is preventing the McGowan government from establishing a climate change policy?

(4) If no to (1), what actions has the minister taken since assuming government to ensure that Western Australia actively reduces emissions?

Hon STEPHEN DAWSON replied:

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

(1) Yes.

(2) (a) A process to support development of the policy is in preparation.

(b) Initial portfolio consultation has been undertaken.

(c) Implementation will be determined as part of the development of the policy in consultation with stakeholders.

(d) A date for adoption will be determined as part of the finalisation of the policy.

(3)–(4) Not applicable.