Albanian government strengthens climate bill to try to win support of independents teal | Climate crisis

The Albanian government has strengthened its climate legislation to make it clear that future emissions reduction targets can only increase, as well as to increase the transparency of its response to expert advice from the Climate Change Authority.

The tweaks ahead of the bill’s introduction on Wednesday follow negotiations with the crossbench and the Greens and come as the latest Guardian Essential poll shows 50 per cent of those polled want a bill reflecting Labor’s specific election commitments adopted by the new parliament to tackle the climate crisis. .

The poll suggests that 25% of those polled want the Greens or teal independents to hold on to more ambitious commitments, while 25% of voters polled do not want the bill to pass because they oppose it. to new actions.

Of the cohort wanting further action, 44% think the Labor Party’s 2030 target of a 43% cut in emissions is enough, 40% think more action is needed and 16% are unsure.

The new legislation will enshrine Labour’s election pledge to cut emissions by 43% by 2030 and reach net zero by 2050. Climate Change Minister Chris Bowen says the bill will specify that all future national contributions submitted under the Paris Agreement must be a progression beyond current commitments.

The bill will also incorporate the new targets into the purposes and functions of a range of agencies, including the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency, Export Finance Australia, Infrastructure Australia and the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility.

Bowen says the bill will confirm that the Climate Change Authority will provide public advice on progress towards the goal, on relevant international developments and on the effectiveness of Albanian government policies. If the Minister does not agree with the expert’s opinion, he must file a response describing the differences.

The government hopes the tweaks will win parliamentary support from the Teal Independents, although Bowen has signaled the government may agree to further amendments during the debate if they are in line with Labour’s electoral mandate.

Labor has the numbers to push the bill through the lower house where it will be introduced. The debate in this chamber should extend over the parliamentary fortnight.

The government will need the support of the Greens and independent David Pocock in the Senate to make the bill.

Greens leader Adam Bandt is continuing talks with Bowen. On Monday, he said his preference was “to improve and get climate legislation through this parliament”.

In response to the tightening of the legislation, Bandt said: “The Greens are delighted that the government has listened to some of our concerns about the bill, and we are continuing negotiations on the remaining issues, including the opening of new mines. coal and gas.”

The Greens are critical of the 43% target and want a ratchet mechanism in the legislation to ensure increased ambition. The party also wants a moratorium on new fossil fuel developments.

When asked on Monday if one way to achieve that goal over time could be a so-called “climate trigger” — a process that ensures global warming is an endorsement factor for major developments — Bandt said that Labor should introduce a climate trigger in an overhaul of environmental laws.

“For several years, the Greens have lobbied for the climate impact of new projects to be assessed,” the leader said. “It is deplorable that in Australia new projects can go ahead without a minister having to consider the impact on the climate. This must change.

Labor already faces internal pressure to make the pledge and has the opportunity to act on a climate trigger, given that it made no pledge one way or the other ahead of the election. But that would be controversial and trigger a fierce backlash from the fossil fuel industry and some elements of the labor movement.

The 47th Parliament opens on Tuesday but the Labor caucus met on Monday to approve the outline of the climate bill, while the Liberal and National parties held separate post-election strategy sessions to deal with the rout election on May 21.

Opposition Leader Peter Dutton has ruled out backing Labor legislation enshrining emissions reduction targets. There were discussions in Monday’s sessions about the role the climate played in the election outcome, but no specific conversation about the Labor bill.

Two Liberals have left open the possibility of crossing the floor in support of Labor legislation: Bridget Archer in the lower house and Andrew Bragg in the Senate.

The government will pursue several bills during the opening parliamentary fortnight. On Thursday, Labor Relations Minister Tony Burke will introduce the Labor Bill to create a right to paid family and domestic violence leave.

Details of the bill, released Tuesday, say 11 million workers, including casuals, will be entitled to 10 days of paid vacation.

The system will begin on February 1 for most employees. Small businesses will have an additional six months to adapt, which means employees of these businesses will be eligible from August 1, 2023.

“Casual workers are not spared from family and domestic violence. In fact, women who experience family and domestic violence are more likely to be employed in casual jobs,” Burke said. “We cannot leave them behind. This is why it must be a universal right.

A woman dies every 10 days in Australia at the hands of her former or current partner.

Natalie Lang, secretary of the Australian Services Union NSW/ACT, said the Domestic Violence Leave campaign was launched in 2015 by frontline workers who could see “the difference it made to the journey of a woman” fleeing violence.

“Your right to safety cannot depend on who your employer is – it must be a right that every worker has access to,” Lang said.