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Monday, 10 September 2018
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Climate Change

(Question No. 990)

Mr Katter To ask the Minister for the Environment

(1) Was it necessary for the Australian Government to collaborate with the states to introduce vegetation management laws in order to meet its Kyoto Protocol commitments.(2) Would it be possible for Australia to meet the Paris Agreement targets without the Queensland Government's recent amendments to the vegetation management laws.

Ms Price: The answer to the honourable member's questions is as follows:

Australia's emissions reduction target in the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol is an economy wide reduction consistent with five per cent below 2000 levels by 2020. It does not imply a particular reduction in any particular sector or impose any specific obligation on state or territory governments. Emissions reductions in all sectors contribute to meeting this target.

Australia's first nationally determined contribution under the Paris Agreement, a reduction of 26-28 per cent below 2005 levels in 2030, is also an economy wide target.

The Australian Government's emissions reduction policies, including the Emissions Reduction Fund, targets low-cost emissions across the economy, including the land sector.