TAKING IMPORTANT STEPS FORWARD
Ultimately, responsibility for driving down Australia’s carbon pollution rests with the Federal Government – but the Palaszczuk Government is committed to doing our fair share by reducing the carbon pollution we generate here in Queensland by:
- Reinstating a responsible framework for vegetation management. This is a key part of our plan. While these laws did not pass Parliament, we’re determined to take them to the next election.
- Establishing a 50% renewable energy target by 2030. To help deliver on this commitment, the Palaszczuk Government established the Renewable Energy Expert Panel to provide advice on pathways to achieving this target. You can make a submission on their draft report here.
- Setting a target of one million rooftops or 3000 megawatts of solar photovoltaics.
- Committing to support 150 megawatts of solar power generation in Queensland. Six new large scale solar generation projects have been announced and will be constructed in Dalby, Collinsville, Kidston and Oakey.
SAVING OUR TREES
The Palaszczuk Government made a promise to the people of Queensland at the last state election that we would return sound environmental protections to Queensland for the sake of the Great Barrier Reef, for the sake of our native vegetation and wildlife and for the sake of our climate.
Unfortunately, the LNP and the Katter Party teamed up to vote down this incredibly important legislation in Parliament. But we will take this fight to the next election – because we know that our environment and our Reef are too important.
Agriculture thrived under a decade of Labor’s tree clearing laws, growing by more than $2 billion in sector profitability during that period. This proves we can get the balance right between growing a thriving agricultural sector and protecting our environment.
We need to think about our iconic Great Barrier Reef, which attracts 1.9 million visitors and injects $6 billion into our economy annually.
The northernmost part of the reef is feeling the worst of the current coral bleaching event which we know is caused by climate change.
It is imperative that we curb our emissions from land use in order to protect our local environment and meet our international targets to prevent further global warming.
Land-clearing rates doubled in Queensland in the first two years of the LNP government. Queensland is now responsible for 90 per cent of Australia’s emissions from land use. This simply has to stop.
Posted by Jackie Trad on Friday, 12 August 2016
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