A Sustainable Climate

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.

First Nations Clean Energy Symposium - Speech

10.00am | July 22, 2022

My speech from the First Nations Clean Energy Symposium

Women in Renewables Luncheon - Speech

5.00pm | July 19, 2022

My speech from the Women in Renewables Luncheon as part of the 2022 Australian Clean Energy Summit

Stronger Action on Climate Change - Media Release

12.46pm | June 22, 2022

A joint media release with the Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and the Minister for Climate Change and Energy Chris Bowen


Second Reading Speech: Save The Koalas

1.08pm | March 12, 2021

One of the iconic images of Australia's bushfires is a firefighter sharing a water bottle with a scared and singed koala. That picture was shared around the world and, in part, that's because the koala is so intrinsically and recognisably Australian.

Transcript: Doorstop on the Climate Emergency

9.15am | October 16, 2019

Yesterday, along with Senator Pratt I lodged a Motion for debate in the Senate, declaring that Australia has a climate emergency and the Government must act. Now, that motion reflects the motion lodged by my colleague Mark Butler over in the House of Representative and it reflects our very serious concern about the Government’s complete failure to deal in any serious way with the great challenge of climate change.

Transcript: Doorstop

1.30pm | December 04, 2018

Overnight David Attenborough has addressed hundreds of delegates at the UN’s conference on climate change in Poland and this is what he had to say: He said “Right now we are facing a manmade disaster of global scale, our greatest threat in thousands of years: climate change”. And in making those remarks - and they were very powerful remarks - David Attenborough named the challenge and he is on the same page as the tens of thousands of school children who marched on this issue just a few days ago.

Speech on Protecting our Koalas

11.00am | October 08, 2018

On a very lovely winter afternoon back in July this year, while the sun went down, I stood in Bangalow next to a stand of eucalypts and tallowwoods. I listened to Linda Sparrow as she explained the challenges she faced in her work as president of Bangalow Koalas.

Speech on Climate Change and Drought

4.30pm | August 13, 2018

There is a devastating drought that is gripping many parts of Australia. We've seen media coverage of this recently, and it includes heart-rending imagery of people on the land managing their properties, managing their stock, managing the economic impacts on their families and managing and responding to the economic impacts in their towns.