What does good climate policy look like?

09.05.22 By
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It’s no secret the Federal election is just around the corner. Major parties, minor parties and independent candidates are vying for your vote. A recent Vote Compass poll made it clear that climate action is the greatest priority for voters across the country, followed by the cost of living and affordability, and economy and finance.

But how do you separate the wheat from the chaff when it comes to climate policy? It’s time to put your detective hat on.

We’ve put together a list of questions to ask yourself as you sift through the evidence (climate policy announcements). We hope these questions help arm you in your quest to dodge spin, fluff, hyperbole, fudged numbers, dodgy accounting, falsehoods and double-speak. Only then will you find a prized treasure: climate policies that rapidly reduce emissions before 2030!

'Climate action is the greatest priority for voters across the country - Vote Compass Poll

Questions to reflect on when considering climate policy announcements:

Taken collectively, do the party’s/ candidate’s policies…


Other questions to reflect on when considering how to vote:

With devastating floods ripping through Queensland and New South Wales soon after catastrophic bushfires and drought – it’s no surprise that people are demanding strong climate policy in line with science-backed emissions reductions targets. But not all climate policy is created equal, and it’s more important than ever to analyse the details in order to recognise, reinforce and repeat the good, and call-out (and stop) the bad. 

The Climate Council has put together a comprehensive climate action policy suite, which we are advocating for at a federal level. Check out the Policies for a Sensible Government here.