The Greens want to make sure Labor’s climate bill is “Dutton-proof” as the government prepares to pass legislation to cut emissions by 43% by 2030.
Labor’s climate policy, which they passed in the election, will be presented to Parliament this week, but it will need the support of the Greens and the cross-bench to get it to the Senate.
The Greens have indicated they want Labor to take on a tougher target, with leader Adam Bandt now closer to a compromise to avoid another outbreak of climate wars.
Energy Secretary Chris Bowen is open to exceeding the 43 percent target and has indicated that it will be “a floor, not a ceiling.”
House leader Tony Burke said that Labor would not back down from its campaign commitments, but would engage in “good faith” with the cross bench.
Mr Bandt said his biggest concern is that the bill “has no teeth.”
“It doesn’t really oblige the government to do anything,” Mr. Bandt told ABC News.
“We would welcome Labor’s clarification that (43 per cent) is something we cannot go below, it’s important.
“If we’re going to take the targets and put them into law, we want to make sure it’s Dutton’s proof so it’s not something that can be hyped in the future.
“The suggestion that the bill might have more teeth and might tie up some government agencies is something that I think will help solve some of our problems.”
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said his government has a “clear mandate” which he has given to the UN.
He clarified that it was the floor, not the ceiling.
“We have a mandate to do that. We are determined to push for it. I tell both the Coalition and the cross-bench supporters that Australians and the business community in particular want this parliament to move on from the old days of division.
“We had 22 energy policies announced by the previous government and none of them were implemented. We have one policy, we will implement it.
“Our policy is well thought out.”
Opposition leader Peter Dutton has ruled out support for Labor legislation, but Tasmanian Liberal Bridget Archer says the party room “didn’t settle the matter”.
MP Bassa, who crossed the hall while in government, signaled she would do so again for the opposition if she felt the need to.
Ms. Archer declared that she had the right to go against her party if she felt it would best serve her constituents.
“It’s a competitive tension because I’m a proud member of the Liberal Party and I came here representing the Liberal members who tentatively chose me to run for them… But first and foremost it’s the Bass people who elected me and sent me here to represent them,” Ms. Bass told ABC radio.
“I am part of the Liberal Party and I will use my vote in this way, but as I have always done, when I believe that some other action is in the interests of my electorate, I will take this opportunity. “
Ms Archer said she is “optimistic” that the 47th Parliament will be “more cooperative”.
Mr. Albanese said he urged those thinking of voting against the law to think twice.
“It’s their business. We will continue and implement the policy… But they should look back at the last 10 years, where there was a lost decade,” he said.
“They should consider that our policies are supported by the Business Council of Australia, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Australian Industry Group, all leading business organizations.
“It should be something the Coalition is thinking about.”
Originally published as Greens say Labor’s climate bill should be ‘Dutton-proof’