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Monday, 26 May 2003
Page: 14831

To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives assembled in parliament:

The petition of certain citizens of Australia draws the attention of the House that Australia will be significantly affected by the impacts of climate change and that it is in Australia's national interest for an effective international regime for constraining greenhouse gas emissions.

We further recognise the findings of the GSIRO, which has found that climate change will dramatically affect coral reefs, alpine ecosystems, mangroves and wetlands and that there will be more water shortages, increased geographic extent of tropical pests and less snow.

We, therefore call on the Government to commit to a long-term approach to addressing climate change, including:

· A commitment to the Kyoto process including a strong diplomatic push to ensure resolution of the outstanding issues in international negotiations in order that the Protocol can be ratified by 2002,

· A commitment to introducing national legislation to bring land clearing to a halt,

· A commitment to the inclusion of a greenhouse trigger that recognises climate change as an issue of national environmental significance.

Your petitioners therefore ask the House to ensure a real commitment to Australia's environment.

by Ms Jann McFarlane (from 79 citizens)