In an opinion piece published 20 February, Tim Wilson MP (here) rails against the proposed Climate Change Act being brought to parliament by cross bencher Zali Steggall. The central aim of the Act is to create a legislative framework for reaching zero emissions by 2050. Whilst brushing aside that target, Tim claims that current policies will map out ‘a technology pathway to confront Australians with the choices’ they have.
BCCAG’s President, David Rothfield has responded to Tim’s claims (here) by pointing out that federal government policy, does not recognise the scale of the problem and has not put forward any policies of its own that can meet the threat of climate breakdown. He furthermore points out that Australia is losing the opportunity that Prof. Ross Garnaut has written about to lead the world in a clean energy transformation.