Environment and Climate Action

As Australian Progressives, we support the implementation of a comprehensive environment and climate change policies to lay the foundations for a clean, green and sustainable Australia. Australia is a unique island continent with a declining rate of species biodiversity and rainfall. We believe in protecting the global natural environment and agricultural industries to preserve for future generations. This can only be done by recognising the impacts of climate change here and now and implementing practical policy measures that mitigate and reduce the impact of global warming upon Australia and our local region. Climate Change is the greatest policy challenge of our time.

Climate Change

  • The Australian Progressives support action on climate change and reducing Australia’s emissions.

  • The Australian Progressives support the establishment of a broad-based Emissions Trading Scheme.

  • The Australian Progressives support increased funding for alternative energy research and development which may include:
    • Funding research into waste incineration technologies and systems for energy creation purposes
    • Fund research grants for a range of public and private sector research bodies to pursue innovation in clean green technologies

  • The Australian Progressives support the restoration of rebates for domestic solar energy fed back into the grid.

  • The Australian Progressives support a means tested subsidy of solar hot water systems up to 25% of the total cost for new consumers with incomes less than $80,000 p.a and up to 50% for concession card holders.

  • The Australian Progressives support industry subsidies for the establishment of solar and wind turbine farms in regional Australia.

  • The Australian Progressives support policies to encourage the uptake of compressed Australian natural gas to gradually replace petroleum-based fuels to back up the transition period to 100% clean, green technologies.

  • The Australian Progressives support a rapid and just transitioning coal out of the economy to be gradually replaced with green energy systems with natural gas back up.

  • The Australian Progressives support a 50% reduction of state vehicle registration costs for fuel efficient cars including hybrid models.

  • The Australian Progressives support the restoration of funding to the Australian Renewable Energy Agency, the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, the CSIRO and the re-establishment the Climate Change Commission to oversee and report on the policy implementation framework.

  • The Australian Progressives support a 100% renewable energy target by 2030, and 125% by 2060. Renewable Energy to become a key export industry for Australia in the years leading into the next century.

  • The Australian Progressives support a target 70% reduction on 2005 emissions levels by 2030.

  • The Australian Progressives are committed to Australia meeting or exceeding the goals established under the Paris Agreement.

  • The Australian Progressives support the imposition of a 1% operating levy upon the mining sector to help fund transition to green technology.

  • The Australian Progressives support the phasing out of coal mining and production across a ten to fifteen-year period to transition and convert the coal industry to a smart industry operating and delivering green technologies and systems.

  • The Australian Progressives are committed to working with States and Territories to explore options to fund the conversion or subsidies of all motorised public transport vehicles in all jurisdictions to compressed natural gas or other innovative clean energy.

  • The Australian Progressives support the phasing out of fossil fuel subsidies over a ten to fifteen-year period.

  • The Australian Progressives oppose the proposal for any new coal mines, insofar as there is no sovereign risk.

  • The Australian Progressives are committed to working with the international community to set a binding, significant global reduction target.

The Great Barrier Reef

  • The Australian Progressives support the immediate halt to developments that threaten the Reef

  • The Australian Progressives support policies that will investigate options to increase protections for the Reef and move to a sustainable tourism industry.

Conservation and Biodiversity

  • The Australian Progressives will support policy to improve protections for biodiversity.

  • The Australian Progressives will support the transition to sustainable industry practices.

  • The Australian Progressives will work with local and state government to eradicate invasive species that threaten natural biodiversity.

  • The Australian Progressives will work with the experts to support sustainable biodiversity.

Land & Water

  • The Australian Progressives support policies that introduce greater protections for agricultural lands, waterways, national parks, marine sanctuaries, reefs and fisheries.

  • The Australian Progressives support the introduction of a national water management and irrigation system with increased investment in water capture and storage and irrigation infrastructure.

Agriculture

  • The Australian Progressives support policy that provides agricultural producers support for climate change mitigation.

  • The Australian Progressives oppose foreign purchase of agricultural land.

  • The Australian Progressives support the provision of funding for innovative sustainable agricultural development.

  • The Australian Progressives support the research and implementation of regenerative practices across Australian farming, fishing and timber production.

  • The Australian Progressives support research grants for innovation, research, training and efficiency in agriculture.
  • The Australian Progressives support investigations into inequalities in the supply chain to ensure farmers are paid fair prices for produce.
  • The Australian Progressives support training and infrastructure funding support for crop diversification to enhance food security, mitigate risks of climate change and adapt to evolving markets.

  • The Australian Progressives support policies to enhance water security and safety prioritisation.

  • The Australian Progressives support a food security focus to agriculture.

  • The Australian Progressives support country of origin labelling for food contents. 

  • The Australian Progressives support visual representations of the amount of sugar contained in products.

Mining

  • The Australian Progressives support policies to phase out unconventional gas, coal and oil mining, such as Coal Seam Gas extraction.

  • The Australian Progressives support policy that would require upfront capital for environmental restoration works.

  • The Australian Progressives support the phasing out of fossil fuel subsidies.

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