Climate Cuts, Cover-Ups and Censorship

30.04.19 By

The Climate Council’s report, ‘Climate Cuts, Cover-Ups and Censorship’ provides a detailed overview of the Australian government’s approach to climate change since the election of the Liberal-National Coalition government in 2013. The period is characterised by slashing climate science funding, cutting effective climate change programs, rejecting the expert advice of national and international bodies, senior ministers making publicly misleading claims, a lack of credible climate policy, and consistently covering up poor performance.

This is the defining policy and leadership failure of the last decade.


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Australia's total greenhouse gas emissions excluding land use, land use change, and forestry


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The Climate Council rates the Federal Government’s climate performance over the past five-years as the defining leadership failure of the past decade.

The Federal Government has covered up poor performance with misleading claims, dubious accounting and censorship.

Kyoto carryover credits and emissions

The government’s lack of climate change action is the defining leadership failure of the past decade. We have not tackled climate change, the consequences are with us, and we must work very quickly to prevent catastrophic consequences.

Australia’s next government must adopt credible climate policy and a transparent and accurate approach to reporting and tracking Australia’s climate performance to ensure the public can appropriately evaluate its performance.


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