Labor will continue to argue for urgent and meaningful action on climate change in keeping with our commitment to reach net zero by 2050, and in keeping with our support for the declaration of a climate emergency. Our record in government was to ratify Kyoto, super-charge Australia’s renewable energy sector, and put Australia on a path of sharply declining emissions.

In addition to our commitment to achieve net zero emissions by 2050, we have already announced that an Albanese Labor Government will:

  • invest $20 billion to upgrade Australia’s electricity grid to unlock new sources of renewable energy, and the jobs and power savings that come with them
  • make electric cars cheaper by slashing inefficient taxes
  • support 10,000 apprenticeships in the new energy trades of the future
  • cut bills and support the grid with community batteries for up to 100,000 solar households.

We will have more to say about how we will chart the path to net zero by 2050 ahead of the coming election, including the steps we can take to protect and restore our natural environment.

Where there is a role for gas to play in firming and peaking electricity, and as a feedstock for manufacturing, exploration and extraction must of course be subject to scientific, independent and evidence-based approvals.

Beetaloo Basin

Exploration of the Beetaloo Sub-basin is in the early stages so it is uncertain what proportion of the resource will be technologically and economically viable to extract.

Federal Labor respects the views of the NT Government which supports exploration in the Beetaloo Basin. We also supported a Senate Inquiry into the Beetaloo Cooperative Drilling Program in the interests of transparency and the work of this committee is ongoing.

Labor will consider the final report of the Senate Inquiry which is due in March 2022. As it stands, Labor does not support the disallowance motions proposed by the Greens Party.

We will continue to advocate for ongoing consultation with Traditional Owners by both government and industry to ensure cultural heritage and the environment is protected as a matter of urgency.

Labor is not in government, therefore I encourage you to write to the Minister for Resources the Hon Keith Pitt MP and Minister for the Environment, Sussan Ley MP.