15 March 2019

Berejiklian scraps draft climate action plan after becoming Premier

Premier Gladys Berejiklian must explain to the people of NSW and the thousands of children who today will be striking for climate action why she scraped a climate change plan for NSW.

The Sydney Morning Herald today reports that the NSW government prepared climate change policies to decarbonise the state's economy only to have the plans shelved when Gladys Berejiklian became Premier. [1]

The paper reported that the program included a proposal to "embed climate change consideration into government decision making", and was developed with the advice of the government-appointed expert panel, the Climate Change Council.

“If these reports are true, this amounts to a gross dereliction of duty by the Premier of NSW,” Nature Conservation Council Campaigns director Daisy Barham said.

“The children of NSW are literally walking out of classrooms begging and demanding that our political leaders act on climate change.

“Now it appears she has been actively putting a handbrake on action. It is reprehensible.

“While Ms Berejiklian has presided over two of the hottest years in the state’s history – 2017 and 2018 – she appears to have been thwarting attempts by her own Ministers, public service and independent experts to implement climate action plans.

“Since becoming premier Gladys Berejiklian has shown no interest in responding urgently and proportionately to climate challenge.

“NSW voters want action and they deserve to know what climate plan the Coalition has before they go to the polls next week.

“Gladys Berejiklian has eight days to redeem herself and prove to the people of NSW that she is actually going to do something.  

“Premier Berejiklian has put dealing with climate change in the too-hard basket, which is a demonstrable failure of leadership that future generations of NSW residents will surely not forgive her.”

[1] SMH, 15-3-19  Government climate plan stalled after Berejiklian took over, documents show

 

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