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MEDIA RELEASE Climate Change Bills referred to Inquiry

12 November, 2020

Zali Steggall MP is pleased to announce that the Climate Change Bills have been referred to a Parliamentary Inquiry through the House Standing Committee on the Environment and Energy.

On Monday, Zali Steggall MP introduced the Private Member’s Bills into Parliament, calling for sensible bipartisan legislation to lower Australia’s emissions and legislate Net Zero by 2050.

Recognising the importance of a bipartisan approach to long term climate policy, Ms Steggall requested that the two bills (Climate Change (National Framework for Adaptation and Mitigation) Bill 2020 and Climate Change (National Framework for Adaptation and Mitigation) (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2020 be referred to Committee.

The House Standing Committee on Environment and Energy announced today that it will conduct an inquiry into the Bill and will be accepting public submissions until November 27. Zali Steggall MP said this is an important inquiry for all sectors to have their say on long term climate policy.

“This will be the first parliamentary inquiry into why Australia should commit and legislate Net Zero by 2050 and why the legal framework proposed in the Climate Change bills will assist every sector in assessing the risks, adaptation and resilience planning that is needed”.

“My team and I have been working hard to put forward sensible climate solutions and I am very pleased with today’s news.

“I encourage all businesses, organisations and individuals to make a submission to the inquiry so that we can demonstrate to Government and Parliament the need for this legislation.

“The Climate Change Bills give the Australian parliament an important and timely opportunity to end the climate wars and commit to meaningful legislation, as the UK did in 2008.”

The Bills were supported by hundreds of business, science and environmental organisations and over 93,000 Australians.

For information about the Inquiry and to make a submission go to: https://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/House/Environment_and_Energy/ClimateBills2020

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