Poll after poll suggests climate change is one of the most pressing issues for Australian voters. Of the 10,000 people who responded to The Conversation’s #SetTheAgenda poll, more than 60% picked climate change as the issue most impacting their lives.
And yet, climate change has barely been discussed by either major party in this election campaign so far.
Since the last federal election, we’ve watched record-smashing floods, bushfires and heatwaves take lives and destroy livelihoods, corroding our national spirit. Disasters such as these will worsen with every fraction of a degree of global warming. Which town will be hit next? Who will be trapped by rising floodwater, or encroaching flames?
Strong national policies on climate change will help us be better prepared, bring global emissions down, and provide strong leadership in this time of crisis. So how did the major parties’ climate policies stack up? We asked five experts to analyse and grade different aspects of this enormous portfolio.
Here are their detailed responses:
Jake Whitehead, E-Mobility Research Fellow, The University of Queensland; Ian Lowe, Emeritus Professor, School of Science, Griffith University; Johanna Nalau, Research Fellow, Climate Adaptation, Griffith University; Matt McDonald, Associate Professor of International Relations, The University of Queensland, and Samantha Hepburn, Professor, Deakin Law School, Deakin University