Submissions due by 5pm AEDT Friday 27 November.

The House Standing Committee on Energy and the Environment is holding an inquiry into the Climate Change 2020 Bill put forward by Zali Steggall, independent MP for Warringah.

The Bill is a chance for our country to turn over a new leaf when it comes to ending the ‘climate wars’ and taking a bipartisan, national, durable and effective approach to protecting our climate.

But for this to become reality, the Committee needs to hear from you.

We encourage you to write a unique submission to the Committee. You can use our suggested talking points, but remember to partner them with your own words and ideas – the most authentic voice you can use is your own. Each individual submission is a powerful and persuasive contribution.

Note: Submissions will be considered public unless confidentiality is clearly requested.

Suggested submission structure:

First, briefly introduce yourself to the Committee. Share 1-2 sentences on who you are.

Second, acknowledge what the bill will do. You may wish to copy and paste some or all of the following points:

  • This bill is:
    • a genuine attempt to end the ‘climate wars’ by locking in lasting, achievable, bipartisan national action on climate change, and
    • as an authentic proposal to build a legal and policy framework for national action on climate and energy policy.
  • The bill proposes to legislate a national net zero emissions target by 2050 and set five yearly emissions budgets and emissions reduction plans, consistent with limiting global warming to well below 2 degrees and pursuing efforts to limit warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius.
  • The bill includes guiding principles for decision makers, to ensure decisions:
    • Are efficient, effective and equitable, informed, risk-based and integrated and fiscally responsible, and
    • Provide for fair employment transition for workers, industries or regions affected, community engagement and self-determination, and national and international cooperation.

Third, mention that you personally support what the bill aims to do. This will help personalise your submission and make it stand out. Mention the climate impacts you’re concerned about now and in the future. Explain why you care about the bill’s aims, such as reducing emissions or ensuring a fair employment transition for workers.

Lastly, sign off and include your contact details. Your submission must include your full name, address, email address and phone number to be considered by the Committee.


Header image: Wytaliba, VIC. Photo: Annette Ruzicka