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Everyone wants action on climate



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THE HON MARK BUTLER MP SHADOW MINISTER CLIMATE CHANGE AND ENERGY MEMBER FOR PORT ADELAIDE

EVERYONE WANTS ACTION ON CLIMATE

This morning the nation’s leading health professionals, company directors, business and welfare groups, and members of the Liberal Party have all spoken out against the Morrison Government’s complete lack of climate action.

Health professionals, including Fiona Stanley and Peter Doherty, have published an open letter today in leading health journal Lancet, saying the Australian Government’s contemptuous dismissal of the latest IPCC report on climate change “unacceptable” and “we are dismayed by the implications of our government’s ongoing stance to disregard the consensus of the world’s leading climate scientists.”

Australian company directors, for the first time, have nominated climate change as the number one issue they want the Morrison Government to address, saying they need to “seriously consider what they’re doing” against the real and urgent risk that climate change presents to organisations and businesses. Adding, “Directors get it about climate change. It’s real. The scientists are unequivocal in their advice. And we’re conscious of the need for action.”

A coalition of business and welfare groups, including the Business Council of Australia, AiGroup, ACOSS, St Vincent de Paul and the Energy Users Association have issued a statement saying “investors will only view policy as durable if it effectively addresses all parts of the (energy) trilemma, including meeting emission reduction commitments.” And “we call on all sides of politics to deliver stable policy and investment certainty by addressing all parts of the energy trilemma - cost, reliability and emissions reduction.”

While Liberal Senator Dean Smith, added his name to the list of a growing number of Liberal moderates who are ringing the alarm that the Liberals “risk losing the support of the next generation by failing to address climate change.”

THURSDAY, 25 OCTOBER 2018

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