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Thursday, 25 September 2014
Page: 7108


Senator FIFIELD (VictoriaManager of Government Business in the Senate and Assistant Minister for Social Services) (12:07): I seek leave to make a short statement.

The DEPUTY PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute.

Senator FIFIELD: This is a stunt from the Australian Greens. Like the Australian Labor Party, they are not interested in serious solutions. They are not interested in serious outcomes. The Minister for Foreign Affairs attended the United Nations climate summit in New York, given her responsibility for leading Australia's international climate change engagement. At the climate summit the foreign minister delivered a national statement noting that Australia is taking serious practical action to reduce emissions both at home and abroad while also stimulating economic growth; that the government will host an Asia-Pacific rainforest summit in Sydney in November 2014; that Australia has joined the declaration on phasing down climate potent hydroflourocarbons on Australia's behalf, with around 30 other countries; and Australia will contribute to a new global climate change agreement that establishes a common playing field for all countries to take climate action from 2020.

The coalition is committed to reducing Australia's emissions by five per cent below 2000 levels by 2020. The direct action plan with the emissions reduction fund at its centre will help achieve our 2020 target.

Question agreed to.