There was a clear connection between climate change-related disasters and voting in the Federal Election, according to the Climate Council.
The Council’s claims are based on its analysis of key seats that were affected by natural disasters during the last term of government, which it released yesterday.
‘There have been swings away from the Coalition towards candidates with stronger climate platforms across the majority of seats in the Northern Rivers and Southeastern Queensland affected by the 2022 flooding disaster,’ Climate Council CEO Amanda McKenzie says.
‘It’s a similar story in those seats where communities suffered during Black Summer.
‘We’re seeing a very compelling story around how worsening climate disasters and climate risk has influenced big swings to the pro-climate independents, Greens and other candidates strong on climate policy.
‘Millions of Australians have profoundly felt the impacts of climate change over this last term of government. This, combined with some brilliant local campaigning for stronger climate action and many voters having the choice to vote for strong climate champions, has had a remarkable influence on voting behaviour this election.’
The Council further says that:
- Climate change was a leading issue in the city and the bush this election, with candidates championing strong climate action proving popular with voters across the country
- Voters in electorates hit by climate-fuelled disasters, like the Black Summer bushfires and the 2022 floods, swung away from the Coalition and towards those championing stronger climate action
- The Senate is likely to have a climate action-friendly majority with candidates who ran on strong climate platforms performing strongly
- The new Australian Parliament has a strong mandate for game-changing climate action