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Question Without Notice No. 346 asked in the Legislative Council on 10 May 2018 by Hon Tim Clifford

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

CLIMATE CHANGE — POLICY
      346. Hon TIM CLIFFORD to the Minister for Environment:
      (1) By what month and year does the government expect to replace the policy ''Adapting to our changing climate'', published by the then Department of Environment and Conservation in October 2012?
      (2) Will the government consult the public before developing any new policies on greenhouse gas emissions controls for high-emitting industries; and, if yes, when?
      (3) Has any consultation with large emitters on greenhouse gas emissions controls for their industries occurred; and, if yes, when did it occur and with whom?
Hon STEPHEN DAWSON replied:
I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question.
      (1)–(3) The McGowan government takes climate change seriously and is committed to playing a positive role. The climate change unit within the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation has been reinstated and resources allocated for additional staff to provide policy advice on climate change. As a first step in establishing this government's climate change policy, I have conducted a stocktake of climate change actions across government, including climate change adaptation and mitigation policies, projects and programs to guide our future approach and priorities. Consultation has already commenced with some large emitters, through the Environmental Protection Authority's review of the Wheatstone liquefied natural gas project and the Gorgon project. The government is committed to undertaking wider levels of consultation on climate change as part of delivering the government's climate change policy.