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14    Environment— Wildfires in California

The Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Di Natale), pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 516—That the Senate—

               (a)       notes with concern that the current wildfires in California are the deadliest and most destructive cluster of fires in California’s history;

               (b)       expresses sympathy for the loved ones of the more than 40 people who have died, and for the thousands who have lost their properties;

                (c)       notes that extreme weather events, such as these fires, will become more frequent and more extreme as the climate changes;

               (d)       further notes that in Australia, in 2009, 173 people died as a result of the Black Saturday bushfires and 980 people died in the lead-up to those fires; and

                (e)       rejects claims by the former Prime Minister, Mr Tony Abbott, that climate change is ‘probably doing good; or at least, more good than harm’, and confirms that climate change will result in an increase worldwide in deaths from heat stress, malnutrition and extreme weather events.

Statement by leave : The Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister (Senator McGrath), by leave, made a statement relating to the motion.

Question put and passed.