Crossbench to call on parliament to declare a ‘climate emergency’ – politics live | Australia news
Well it is never a dull moment in this place.
Less than 24 hours after water minister David Littleproud admitted to Guardian Australia that he was unsure whether climate change was man made or not, comments he then went into further detail with on Sky News:
David Speers: You say the climate is changing and that is certainly true – the question is, is this man-made climate change.
David Littleproud: I have no idea, but does it really matter?
DS: Sorry, you have no idea whether …
DL: I am not a scientist, I haven’t made an opinion one way or the other, but I don’t think it really matters.
DS: Sorry, I just want to be really clear on this – you are not sure whether man-made climate change is real.
DL: I am going to be honest with you – I don’t have an opinion, but I don’t think it really matters. I think these extremes from both sides have taken away the maturity of debate we should have about keeping, simply, a clean environment and making sure we give our people the tools they [need to address it]
The crossbench and former Liberal leader John Hewson have banded together to call on the parliament to declare a climate emergency.
The declaration motion to be released today calls on the House to declare an environment and climate emergency and to take urgent action consistent with internationally accepted science. The motion will be moved by Greens MP for Melbourne Adam Bandt, seconded by the independent Member for Warringah Zali Steggall OAM, and supported by the independent Member for Indi, Helen Haines, Centre Alliance Member for Mayo, Rebekha Sharkie and the independent Member for Clark, Andrew Wilkie.
It’s been building for a while. Plus, the Queensland rainforest is on fire. In early September.
We’ll bring you that, plus everything else that happens today, including the Gladys Liu train wreck interview with Andrew Bolt overnight.
Plus, people are still digesting Gerard Rennick’s first speech to the Senate. I know I am.
You’ve got the whole team – Mike Bowers, Katharine Murphy, Paul Karp and Sarah Martin on board, plus everyone else who keeps the blog – and me – ticking over. I am on coffee number three and have exactly 211 minutes sleep, so I hope you are as excited to tackle hump day as me.
Let’s get into it.