This month’s federal budget is the Albanese Government's first big chance to stop splurging our public money on the industries damaging our climate.
Our state and federal governments hand over $22,000 every minute in public money to the polluting coal and gas industries, fuelling climate impacts like more extreme floods, fires and droughts.
Wherever Australian coal and gas is burned, it damages our climate and impacts communities here and around the world. We cannot afford to keep squandering public money on digging, expanding, exporting and burning coal and gas.
Let's urge the Albanese Government to end public money for fossil fuels and slash climate pollution. Add your name to the petition.
"To the Prime Minister, Energy Minister and Environment Minister,
End coal and gas in Australia to ramp up climate action. That means:
A responsible government would use our public money to make our communities and wildlife thrive, not fund the industries damaging our climate. The Albanese Government has already taken some steps to advance climate ambition in Australia, but to truly slash climate pollution it must immediately end public funding for fossil fuels.
Last financial year government subsidies for fossil fuels cost Australians $11.6 billion. In the same period, climate-fuelled floods devastated communities and wildlife in Queensland and New South Wales.
If we stop spending public money on fossil fuels now, we can help prevent even more damaging projects in the future. Currently, Australia has 114 new coal and gas projects, like Woodside's Scarborough project, in the pipeline and if the projects were to go ahead they would almost double our current domestic emissions. And that’s not including any emissions from exporting the coal and gas overseas!
For a safe climate future, let’s instead invest our public money into renewable exports that can replace coal and gas, slash pollution and create climate-positive jobs that future-proof our economy.
Sign the petition and call on our government to step up for climate action.