THE CLIMATE COUNCIL congratulates Premier Daniel Andrews and Victorian Labor on their re-election for a third term government. The result confirms that communities want strong climate action that also addresses cost of living pressures, and will reward parties who lead on this.
During the campaign the Andrews Government announced one of Australia’s strongest climate policies, commiting to reduce emissions by 75 to 80% on 2005 levels by 2035 and planning to deliver 95% of Victoria’s electricity from renewable sources by the same date.
“Strong climate policy is now a prerequisite to candidates being electable,” Amanda McKenzie Climate Council CEO, said.
The election of additional Greens MPs and the significant support for climate-focused independents in communities like Hawthorn, Mornington and Kew further underlines the important role of climate action in this election.
“This result is a ringing endorsement of candidates and political parties that have a strong climate agenda, which voters know can create tens of thousands of new jobs for Victorian workers and deliver cheaper and more stable power bills,” Ms McKenzie added.
“A strong climate agenda is essential for any Australian candidate or party who wants to be taken seriously by voters, and those who turn up empty handed should expect to be harshly marked down at the ballot box.”
The Climate Council looks forward to working with the re-elected Andrews Government to deliver on its agenda for the new term – including phasing out harmful, polluting gas from Victorian homes, rapidly delivering more cheap, clean wind and solar, and providing cleaner, cheaper transport options for more Victorians.
The Climate Council is Australia’s leading community-funded climate change communications organisation. We provide authoritative, expert and evidence-based advice on climate change to journalists, policymakers, and the wider Australian community.