SYDNEY, 10 February 2020 – Independent member for Warringah Zali Steggall has today introduced a Climate Change Bill, arguing stronger action on climate change is “a matter of conscience”.“While koalas are burning alive, and fires still threaten families all over Australia, it’s a welcome change to see actual climate legislation brought to the table in the wake of this coal-fired crisis,” said Dr Nikola Casule, Head of Research & Investigations at Greenpeace Australia Pacific.

“Once again we are seeing the sort of bold climate leadership this country needs from outside of Prime Minister Morrison’s office.”

“For too long, the Federal response to climate change has been dragged down by the dead hand of the coal lobby, which has far too much influence on Australian politics.”

The Bill is based on legislation passed last year by the British Conservative government, which includes a goal of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, which UK foreign secretary, Dominic Raab has called on Australia to adopt as well.

“Conservative governments of major economic powerhouses like the UK and Germany are getting on with the job of tackling climate change with legitimate policy and coal phase-out plans, leaving Australia behind.”

“We urge all federal MPs to stand with mainstream Australians and vote with their conscience on this bill.”

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