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Climate change drives gains for independents, Greens as Coalition crumbles – Brisbane Times

“Albanese, he has said that he wants to work and bring the country together. I think that we need to take more action in this decade and I think we need at least 50 per cent by 2030… I’ll be using all my power to try to achieve that in this parliament,” she said.

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Zoe Daniel, the independent MP who defeated Tim Wilson in Goldstein, said she would push Labor for a more ambitious policy.

“I came into this campaign with a clear and stated target of 60 per cent by 2030 and I think we need legislated targets so that the major parties don’t get wriggle room on net zero by 2050 and I think we need that to create that accountability. So, yes, I came in with a stated target of 60 per cent. People voted for me based on that and that’s what I will argue for.”

Bandt said stronger climate action would be a key focus of his party’s discussions with Labor.

Australia is a signatory to the Paris Agreement to act consistently with the climate action needed to keep global warming under 1.5 degrees. The emissions reduction targets both major parties took to the election fall short of this goal.

Labor has committed to cut emissions by 43 per cent by 2030 and hit net zero by 2050, which independent think tank Climate Analytics found was consistent with global warming of more than 2 degrees.

Elected independent candidates – Zali Steggall, Allegra Spender, Monique Ryan, Zoe Daniel, Kate Chaney, Kylea Tink and Sophie Scamps – have backed plans for emissions cuts of at least 60 per cent by 2030, which would be enough to keep warming to 1.5 degrees.

The Greens’ 2030 target of a 74 per cent emissions reduction by 2030 and net zero by 2050, including a ban on coal mining and coal and gas power plants by 2030, is even better placed to help limit the global average temperature rise to 1.5 degrees.

Climate change appears to have hurt the Nationals’ vote across the country. While the country party looks set to hold on to all its seats, its ambitions of gaining the coal country electorate of Hunter was dashed despite a vicious scare campaign warning Labor’s more ambitious plans would cost mining jobs.

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Outspoken Nationals Senator Matt Canavan declared in the middle of the campaign that net zero was “dead” because global demand for fossil fuels is spiking due to the energy crisis sparked by Russia’s war in Ukraine.

Resources Minister Keith Pitt copped a 5 per cent swing against him with independent Jack Dempsey, a former Liberal National Party state minister, attracting 13 per cent of the vote after he criticised the Morrison government for being “obsessed with coal”.

The Nationals’ vote also fell 7 per cent in the electorate of Capricornia, where Senator Canavan lives.

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