Climate Change (National Framework for Adaptation and Mitigation) Bill 2020
In November 2020, Zali Steggall MP introduced the Private Member’s Bill into Parliament.
The Climate Change Bill was then referred to a Parliamentary Inquiry through the House Standing Committee on the Environment and Energy.
The Bill is supported by hundreds of business, science and environmental organisations and over 93,000 Australians.
If made law the Climate Change Act 2020 will ensure that Australia has:
• A Net Zero emissions target by 2050, getting there through emissions reduction plans and emissions budgets
• Risk assessments and adaptation plans, so that the different parts of our continent and economy know the risks of climate change and can prepare for them
• Technology readiness assessment, so that we know the existing and emerging ways we can reduce emissions, with the least risk and cost
• An independent advisory commission (IAC), that can advise the Government, transparently and independently, on our national needs and plans.
¹ NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment, Understanding the effects of the 2019-20 fires, (22 May 2020) .
² NASA, Smoke and Fires in Australia’s Lamington National Park, Gondwana Rainforests, (11 October 2019) .
³ ACT Government, Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate, Orroral Valley Fire Impact Report, (2020) .
⁴ Climate Council, Icons at Risk: Climate Change threatening Australian Tourism (2018) 28.
⁵ Ibid, 18, 26.
⁶ Ibid, 37.
⁷ Centre for Australian Weather and Climate Research, Climate Change impacts on snow in Victoria (December 2012)
⁸ CSIRO, The impact of climate change on snow conditions in mainland Australia (August 2003) 4.
⁹ Climate Council, Icons at Risk: Climate Change threatening Australian Tourism (2018) 23.
¹⁰ Malcolm Sutton, ‘Coronavirus restrictions see Australians head outdoors in big numbers to stay healthy’, ABC (online), 15 April 2020 .
¹¹ David Estcourt, ‘State authorities close parks over distancing fears’, ABC (online), 30 May 2020 .