Despite unequivocal evidence that the climate is changing, the Morrison Government still refuses to make firm commitments to reduce emissions. There is a crisis of deep climate divisions within the coalition. A lack of federal leadership has resulted in inadequate ambition to tackle climate change, and ineptitude in achieving these already modest ambitions.
Crucially, the federal government that is elected in late May must take substantial and swift action on climate change. The efforts of state and local governments, communities, private sectors, and community, whilst commendable and important, are insufficient without overarching coherent climate policy that provides strategic horizontal and vertical coordination and support.
In this policy brief, the authors outline the current federal climate crisis and its international context. They discuss our current ability and strategy for meeting our current targets, demonstrating that our current means are inadequate. They then outline how the rest of Australia, its state and local governments, its community and private sectors are demonstrating initiative and affirmative action for climate change, but that a lack of national coordination is providing obstacles to progress.
Finally, they propose a solution, an Australian Climate Accord - that forms a multi-stakeholder dialogue and produces a clear commitment from all participants to meet emission-reduction targets.