I have been involved in climate change and sustainability for many years. Labor's values on the common good demand action from us on this issue. Government must lead, engage with robust science, and set evidence-based targets. Businesses and communities are already responding. If we are sincere about our obligations to future generations, it's time to act. Australia should lead the world in renewable energy technology, which holds so much opportunity for future-focused jobs.
The government’s refusal to take climate change seriously is leaving it increasingly isolated and exposed. Today, a Senate committee has sided with investors in their calls for guidance for Australian firms on disclosure of carbon risk.
After holding hearings across the country and considering close to sixty written submissions, the Senate Select Committee into the Resilience of Energy Infrastructure in a Warming World concluded its inquiry on Friday.
Industry and expert witnesses lined up to slam the government’s inaction on energy policy at a hearing today of the Senate Select Committee into the Resilience of Energy Infrastructure in a Warming World. Danny Price, who advised the Prime Minister on energy when he was Opposition Leader, agreed with Senator McAllister that Australia’s energy crisis was caused by an “investment strike”.
The Prime Minister has been caught out making energy policy on the run. Under questioning from Senator McAllister, Treasury Secretary John Fraser revealed that the government had been surprised by the energy crisis, and there was no Treasury analysis supporting the government’s plan for new coal generation.
LEON BYNER: Yesterday in Adelaide a Senate Inquiry was held to probe why South Australia was brought to its knees last September with a shutdown of power…Jenny McAllister…you were there yesterday, what did we get out of it?
Australia’s National Electricity Market is suffering because of a lack of federal leadership, a Senate committee was told yesterday in Adelaide. Industry representatives and energy system experts testified before the Senate Select Committee into the Resilience of Electricity Infrastructure in a Warming World that the current policy settings keep Australia stuck in the past.
Key industry players will give evidence about the recent turmoil in South Australian energy at an Adelaide hearing on Monday for the Select Inquiry into Energy Resilience in a Warming World.