Labor has a long history of strong action on climate change.
The previous Labor Government was the first in Australia to put a price on carbon. Labor also increased the Renewable Energy Target to ensure 20 per cent of Australia's electricity was generated from renewable sources by 2020. In the process Labor created thousands of jobs in the renewable energy sector.
The Liberals have sought to tear down both of those policies. At Labor's National Conference in this year Labor announced that a Shorten Labor Government would introduce an Emissions Trading Scheme that imposes a legal limit on carbon pollution that lets businesses work out the most efficient and cost effective way to do business within that cap.
We also announced a bold new emissions reduction target. A Shorten Labor Government will introduce policies that ensure that 50 per cent of Australia's electricity is generated from renewable sources by 2030.
Labor has also set a long term goal of net zero emissions by 2050.
In 2015, Tim hosted two climate change policy meetings with the community and Labor's Shadow Minister for the Environment, Climate Change and Water, Mark Butler, and is looking forward to holding more of these in the future.
Labor is committed to tackling climate change and significantly reducing emissions. We cannot leave this problem to our children or our grandchildren.