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Climate minister confident the bill will pass

The federal government is “very, very” confident that the Senate will pass a climate bill with a 43% emission reduction target.

A bill that locks in that target in a way that net-zero emissions by 2050, based on 2005 levels, by 2030 passed the House of Commons on Thursday, with support from the Greens and independent members of the crossbench. was passed by 89 votes to 55 votes.

It will head to the Senate, where it will first go to the commission’s inquiry and hear the evidence on the implications of the proposal.

The committee plans to report to parliament by the end of August before going to a vote in the upper house.

The government would need the backing of 12 Green Senators and one independent Senator (most likely David Pocock or Jackie Lambie) to pass.

Climate Minister Chris Bowen said he is talking to senators who will be crucial to the final vote.

“But I’m very confident it will pass the Senate. I’m very, very confident,” he told Nine Network on Sunday.

“Australians will expect an adult government to do its job, talk to well-intentioned people, and ensure adequate and sound climate legislation.”

Opposition National Party leader David Littleproud said the coalition believes in cutting emissions but does not believe legislation is needed to do so.

“Once it’s enacted, it opens the door for activists to weaponize it in court,” he told Nine.

“We are committed to getting to that net zero by 2050, but there is no straight line and we have to be honest with people about how to get there and who will pay for it. It won’t work.”

The coalition government plans to update its reduction targets to a 26-28% reduction in emissions, above government commitments, and is considering policies in favor of nuclear power before the next elections.



Climate minister confident the bill will pass

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