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40    Industry— Energy policy

Senator Singh, at the request of Senator Collins and pursuant to notice, moved general business notice of motion no. 1051—That the Senate—

               (a)       notes:

                                     (i)       the Morrison Government’s complete capitulation to the hard right of the Liberal and National Parties by abandoning emission reduction as a goal of energy policy, and its refusal to legislate the Paris Climate Change Agreement Targets,

                                    (ii)       comments by former Prime Minister, Mr Turnbull, who stated at his final press conference ‘in terms of energy policy and climate policy, I think the truth is that the Coalition finds it very hard to get agreement on anything to do with emissions. That’s the truth’, and

                                  (iii)       that the Abbott-Turnbull-Morrison Government policy inaction is driving up electricity prices, and that solutions, including an Emissions Intensity Scheme, a Clean Energy Target and a National Energy Guarantee, have given way to crippling policy paralysis;

               (b)       observes that the Abbott-Turnbull-Morrison Government refuses to act, citing any and all excuses to delay, when everyone knows it is internal Coalition division and weakness of leadership that are really to blame;

                (c)       agrees Australia must cut carbon pollution by 45% on 2005 levels by 2030, and reach net zero emissions by 2050, consistent with Climate Change Authority recommendations regarding our obligations under the Paris Accords of keeping global warming to well below 2 degrees above pre-industrial levels; and

               (d)       recognises that, in order to drive down prices and pollution, Australians need and deserve real leadership on energy and it is clearer every day that they will not get it from the Abbott-Turnbull-Morrison Government.

Debate ensued.

On the motion of Senator Ketter the debate was adjourned till the next day of sitting.