Independent Zali Steggall has championed a set of Climate Change Bills which have now been referred to the committee for Environment and Energy. The Climate Bills create a legal framework which will make Australia’s approach to tackling climate change much more systematic. You can read the main Bill here. It creates an independent Climate Change Commisson, establishes a net zero emissions target for 2050 and provides guiding principles for decision makers – amongst other things.
A good summary of the Bill can be found at Zali Steggal’s website. The second Bill revokes the existing Climate Change Authority and makes amendments to a range of related Acts.
The Coalition for Community Energy made a submission highlighting the benefits of community energy and that a systematic approach to climate change, like the approach established by the Bills, is necessary.