I am delighted to have been asked to be the Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment, Climate Change and Water.
I am particularly looking forward to working with Mark Butler as Shadow Minister to defend Australia’s environment.
This is an area of policy that I have a long standing and passionate commitment to, having first served as a member of Western Australia’s Greenhouse Task force for the Gallop Government in 2003.
Labor has a magnificent legacy to defend.
I am very proud of Labor’s record on Commonwealth Marine Parks, tackling climate change, renewable energy, finding solutions to protect Tasmania’s forests and the Murray Darling Basin, and empowering traditional owners to be both cultural and environmental custodians of country.
It will be a great disservice to Australia’s environment if an Abbott Government takes the regressive steps on any of these policy fronts.
Our first challenge will be to keep Australia committed to a legally binding cap on carbon pollution. It’s clear that the Coalition wants to repeal the carbon tax without replacing it with any sort of credible climate change policy.
I look forward to this fight coming before the Parliament in coming weeks.
Australians care deeply about our unique environment and about the potentially devastating consequences of climate change not only for our environment, but also for the way we live and its contribution to the escalation of natural disasters.
I am therefore particularly looking forward to working closely with the many organisations and individuals who care as passionately about Australia’s environment as I do.