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Question Without Notice No. 548 asked in the Legislative Council on 4 June 2019 by Hon Tim Clifford

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

Answered on 4 June 2019

CLIMATE CHANGE POLICY

548. Hon TIM CLIFFORD to the Minister for Environment:

I refer to an article from The Sydney Morning Herald of 2 June regarding the Premier's address to the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association, which states that the Premier suggested WA would set its own emissions targets to ensure that Australia meets its obligations under the Paris Agreement.

(1) Does this statement signal a change in direction of the state climate change policy?

(2) Will the policy include an emissions reduction target, and has modelling taken place to support this; and, if so, will the minister please table it?

(3) Will the policy include a state-based renewable energy target, and has modelling taken place to support this; and, if so, will the minister please table it?

(4) Will the minister confirm the expected completion date of the WA climate change policy?

Hon STEPHEN DAWSON replied:

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

(1)–(4) The Premier did not mention a state-based emissions target in his address to the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association. The Western Australian government's longstanding view is that the primary responsibility for setting targets and regulating greenhouse gas emissions rests with the Australian government. The Premier has acknowledged, however, that national leadership is lacking and the commonwealth government has not fulfilled its role in providing certainty for business.

Currently we are consulting with industry, the community and stakeholders on climate change policy to determine what they need from the state government to help deliver them certainty going forward. Protecting and creating jobs is and always will be our primary focus.