Climate Council’s response to Prime Minister’s speech in flood-ravaged Lismore

09.03.22 By

Quotes attributable to Climate Council CEO Amanda McKenzie:

“Today our Prime Minister stood in front of the people of Lismore, in front of the country’s media and spoke about ‘unprecedented natural disasters’ and a ‘national catastrophe’ but he completely failed to address the issue at the heart of this: climate change.

“Australia ranks dead last out of major developed nations when it comes to cutting emissions. No amount of spin can change that.

“The fact is, the Liberal-National Party has an abysmal track record on climate change, from drastically slashing funding for climate science and dismantling the Climate Commission, to fronting up to the world stage at COP26 with the worst emissions reduction target for 2030 of all major developed nations. Not to mention greenlighting coal and gas at an alarming rate.

“There’s been no meaningful climate action in eight years. This is a resounding failure. It’s not good enough, the next Parliament must work harder to see emissions plummet this decade.

“Incredibly, today of all days, Angus Taylor said he wants to accelerate oil and gas, two of the major drivers of climate change and escalating disasters. The Government needs to be honest with Australians. What we have is a ‘let it rip’ climate strategy and it’s taking a terrible toll on our communities.

“This is simply not good enough. Australians are paying a high price for the lack of meaningful national action to tackle climate change and our elected leaders must be held accountable. Australians want and deserve better than this.

”The Climate Council is calling on all federal political parties and candidates to: