Australia: Labor Party Manifesto Drops Emissions Targets For 2030

  • Date: 15/09/20
  • The Australian

Anthony Albanese has been given the green light to go to the next election without specific climate change targets for 2030, under an ALP draft policy platform that outlines plans to turn Australia into a “renewable energy superpower”.

The party’s preliminary draft platform — obtained by The Australian — was backed by shadow cabinet this month. The document, a third of the size of the 2018 national platform, makes no mention of a 2030 or 2035 emissions reduction or renewable energy targets. The Labor leader is facing an internal push to drop medium-term targets and focus on a policy of net-zero emissions by 2050.

The 2018 platform would have committed a Bill ­Shorten-led ­government to an emissions ­reduction target of 45 per cent of 2005 levels by 2030, as well as a 50 per cent renewable energy ­target.

The 99-page document reveals Labor has committed to working towards a 15 per cent super­annuation guarantee, implementing major industrial relations reform, a new “living wage” for the gig economy, an expansion of social welfare and an overhaul of the migration program.

Labor also updated its approach to China, saying Australia must engage effectively with ­Beijing but stand up for its “democratic values” while also “safeguarding our sovereignty”.

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