House of Reps committee set to inquire into climate change bills

The House of Representatives standing committee on the Environment and Energy has called for submissions on independent MP Zali Steggall’s climate change bills.

The bills calls for the Morrison government to adopt what is described as sensible climate change legislation that will align national policy with state governments’ and the private sector’s commitment to net zero by 2050.

Chair of the committee, Ted O’Brien, the LNP member for Fairfax in Queensland, noted that the bills propose a change in how Australia manages climate change and the committee looks forward to considering all views on this important subject.

The Bills are the Climate Change (National Framework for Adaptation and Mitigation) Bill 2020  and the related Climate Change (National Framework for Adaptation and Mitigation) (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2020.

The substantive bill sets out a framework of national climate change risk assessments, national plans for adaptation, an emissions reduction target and emissions budgets.

The blli would establish an independent Climate Change Commission to advise the government on these, and to monitor and report on progress.

The consequential bill seeks to amend a number of other Commonwealth laws to reflect the changes made by the substantive bill.

If you would like to contribute to the inquiry, you can make a submission. Submissions to the inquiry will be accepted until 27 November 2020.

Details about the bill and how to make a submission are available on the inquiry website at

The preferred method of receiving submissions is by electronic format lodged online using a My Parliament account.

The Committee intends to hold public hearings which will be announced in due course on the inquiry website. 

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