​Greens leader snubs Canberrans on climate review


Greens leader Shane Rattenbury has snubbed Canberrans by failing to commission a major climate change review when legislation demanded it happen last Octoboer, it was revealed at Estimates today.

Pressed about the review by Shadow Environment Minister Leanne Castley, Minister Rattenbury simply responded: ‘We need to get onto it, I believe it was due during the caretaker period.’

Mr Rattenbury was an MLA when the Climate Change and Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act 2010 passed the Assembly on 26 October 2010. Its principal target is to achieve net zero emissions by 30 June 2045.

“As Greens leader and Minister for Water, Energy and Emissions Reduction, Minister Rattenbury should know better than anyone else that the Act requires a review after five and 10 years,” Ms Castley said.

“It is astounding the Minister could only say, ‘We need to get onto it’.

“These are laws Minister Rattenbury is responsible for. Canberrans are keen to know whether these laws are working or not and, as importantly, how the laws are helping them and our environment.”

Ms Castley said it was disappointing the Directorate did an ‘in house’ review after five years with no input from the public or the Legislative Assembly.

(Note: Section 26 of the Act states, “The Minister must review the operation of this Act and present a report of the review to the Legislative Assembly (a) as soon as practicable after the end of this Act’s 5th and 10th years of operation.”)