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Climate Targets Panel blows the whistle on 2050 fraud

The independent Climate Targets Panel, headed by former Liberal Party Leader, John Hewson, has today made it clear that a ‘net zero by 2050’ target is not enough because Australia would still blow its carbon budget unless its 2030 target was up to tripled.

Australia’s ‘fair share’ target, in line with the Paris goal of 1.5 degrees of warming, should be 74% by 2030. That’s the finding of the independent Climate Targets Panel, based on Climate Change Authority methodology. 

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2030 targets must be law

As the climate corner that Scott Morrison has painted himself into grows smaller, the Greens say any attempt to spin 2030 targets that are neither legislated nor submitted at Glasgow as a binding NDC (Nationally Determined Contribution) will only invite ridicule and slow down global climate progress.

The international pressure is building on Australia ahead of Glasgow to join every other developed nation who will submit updated, increased 2030 targets at the conference. 

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Taylor's gas and coal expansion exposes 2050 target fraud

Energy Minister, Angus Taylor, in a bid to help the Morrison government secure a net-zero 2050 target with the National Party has promised more gas and coal exports, exposing the Morrison target as a fraud that won’t reduce emissions in the critical decade, if ever.

Greens Leader, Adam Bandt called 2050 targets that involve an expansion of coal and gas ‘a fraud and a death sentence to regional Australia’. The Greens’ target, in line with the Paris goal of 1.5 degrees of warming, is a legislated  75% cut by 2030 and net-zero by 2035.

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Greens move for 2030 coal phase-out

With Energy Security Board chairman Kerry Schott’s predicting that the grid could be without coal-fired power as in the early 2030’s, the Greens will move when Parliament resumes for a legally binding thermal coal phase out by 2030, arguing that without a planned transition, workers and coal communities will suffer disruption and uncertainty.

The Greens will give notice of a ‘Quit Coal’ bill when Parliament resumes next week with a legislated timetable for phasing out of thermal coal exports by 2030. 

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Nationals' quarter trillion climate bomb a dangerous joke

The Greens have slammed the Nationals’ proposed $250 billion publicly funded coal and gas bank as robbing public money to chase stranded assets for Nationals donors. 

“The Nationals are holding our country to ransom. They want a quarter of a trillion dollars to fund assets even the big banks won’t touch because they’re too dangerous, too deadly and will send anyone who lends them money broke,” Mr Bandt said.

“Barnaby Joyce is trying to lock the public into supporting coal projects no one else will touch with a ten foot pole.

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Scott Morrison must listen to the UK, and boost 2030 targets in Glasgow

Greens Leader Adam Bandt MP has called on the Prime Minister to take heed of the UK Cabinet’s demands of Australia, calling him a ‘coward’ for trying to avoid the upcoming climate summit.

Today, COP26 President and UK Cabinet Minister Alok Sharma has reportedly called upon the Prime Minister to attend the Glasgow Summit, and to bring updated 2030 targets of 45-50% with him.

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Lib & Labor voted against Greens push to close ‘Pandora Papers’ loophole

The ‘Pandora papers’ disclosed today reveal that Australia is a weak link in the fight against international tax avoidance, with accounting firms and real estate agents excluded from having to report to financial regulators over many suspicious transactions, giving these Australian firms a competitive advantage when orchestrating money laundering schemes for the super-rich.

Australia is one of only six countries in the world where accountants, lawyers and real estate agents are not required to report under anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing laws.

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States’ heavy lifting on 2030 exposes federal climate stasis and weak targets

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