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April 22, 2021

Response to Pacific Islanders unbelievable

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Dear Mr Hogan,

As a member of your electorate, I can’t for the life of me understand why Australia is not responding to the severity of the climate crisis. (*recent ippc reports).

Mr Morrison’s recent response to Pacific Islanders is unbelievable, and I don’t believe it represents the views of most Australians.

Surely, Australia as much as the Pacific, has much to lose in terms of productivity and safety. As a land of droughts and bushfires, a worsening of these is not to our advantage. It’s not just the Pacific Islanders whose future is in the balance- it is ours.

The Prime Minister is not acting in the long-term interests of the nation. The Federal Government is failing to protect us.

It is well known that Australia, while only 0.33% of global population, is the fifth largest carbon polluter globally when exports are included – about 5% of global emissions. On current projections, by 2030 Australia will be responsible for a massive 13% of global emissions. Our fossil fuel industries are subsidised annually by about US$29bn or 2.3% of GDP, far in excess of anything given to the low carbon industries. (*Climate Council independent figures)

The Morrison government clings to coal as though life depends on it.  Life – as we know it – depends on moving on from this dangerous greenhouse fuel.

Climate has already cost Australia billions due to unprecedented drought relief and flood recovery. Current trends forecast the accumulated loss of wealth due to reduced agricultural productivity and labour productivity as a result of climate change in excess of $19 billion by 2030, $211 billion by 2050 and $4 trillion by 2100. (* the Climate Council)

Where is the economic management in that?

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Why is Australia not pulling its weight in emissions reduction?

Mr Hogan, the standard we walk past is the standard we accept. I and a growing number of Australians are wising up to the government’s false claims on emissions reduction.

The controversial Kyoto credit emissions loophole Australia is aiming to use to claim it has met its Paris Agreement Emissions Target is equal to around eight times the annual fossil fuel emissions of all Pacific Island nations including New Zealand, combined.

Greenhouse gas emissions have risen for four years running, although the government lies and says otherwise. You guys are really losing your credibility. Australia is unlikely to meet its 2030 emissions reduction target according to the government’s own department.

I am very disappointed in the government’s ignoring of the science and fiddling of the figures.


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