Labor’s climate bill to enshrine in law a 2030 emissions reduction target has passed its first hurdle, clearing the lower house. Source: SBS News.
It’s been backed by the Greens, teal independents and Liberal MP Bridget Archer, who crossed the floor as the Coalition held firm on its opposition.
The Albanese Government’s proposal would enshrine in law a 43 per cent emissions reduction target by 2030 based on 2005 levels, which underpins Labor’s policy to secure Australia’s energy transition from its reliance on fossil fuels.
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has described the bill as a chance to end the “climate wars”, but the Coalition argues it’s not required to adopt the emissions target.
Mr Albanese said the passing of the bill amounted to progress on delivering on a mandate for stronger action on climate change secured at the election.
“The Australian people want action on climate change and today we took some important steps forward,” he told reporters.
The bill passed through the House of Representatives, 89 votes to 55, with several amendments made by the crossbench.
Labor holds a majority in the lower house so the legislation’s passing here was anticipated, but securing broad support from the Greens and the crossbench is seen as a display of unity on climate . The Government’s deal to secure agreement from the Greens is also critical in paving the way for it to eventually to pass the Senate.