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35    Discussion of matter of public importance —Environment —Climate change and energy policy

The President informed the Senate that, at 8.30 am today, four senators had each submitted a letter in accordance with standing order 75. The proposal to be submitted to the Senate was determined by lot.

As a result, the President informed the Senate that Senator Siewert had proposed that the following matter of public importance be submitted to the Senate for discussion:

The complete failure of the Turnbull Government to develop a climate and energy policy, resulting in Australia’s emissions increasing since 2013 and contributing to an increase in global carbon pollution in 2017.

The proposal was supported by four senators and the matter was discussed.