LABOR LEADERS STATEMENT ON SUSTAINABILITY AND CLIMATE CHANGE
We the undersigned:
1. Acknowledge that effective climate policy must be informed by science and global carbon pollution must peak and begin to decline rapidly within the next 10 years.
2. Congratulate the Prime Minister and her government on achieving a price on carbon: a vital first step towards achieving this goal and, with it, a secure, strong and prosperous low carbon economy.
3. Believe this vital national reform stands in the great Labor tradition of bold change in the national interest.
4. Regret the toxic and crude nature of the recent Australian debate and believe there is work for the Labor movement to help re-build consensus with government, civil society, workers and business on climate change.
5. Consider that tackling climate change, building resilient communities and achieving more sustainable ways of achieving economic growth and human betterment will be a key task of any Labor Party or social democratic party in the world in this century.
6. See enormous opportunity for our country in many of the technologies required to reduce emissions.
7. Assert we must maintain the Labor movement’s determination to continue to develop and implement the policies necessary to drive public and private capital towards a low-carbon future.
Premier of New South Wales 1995-2005
Premier of Victoria 1999-2007
Premier of Queensland 1998-2007
Premier of Western Australia 2001-2006
Premier of South Australia 2002-2011
Chief Minister, Northern Territory 2001-2007
Chief Minister, Australian Capital Territory 2001 – 2011