The Greens will demand a moratorium on coal and gas as a condition of support



“Having kicked out the Liberals, I’m sure we can work with Labor to pass their climate legislation before the next climate summit to spur climate action around the world, but the opening up of new mines of coal and gas is a problem.”

Mr Bandt wants the temporary moratorium to last until the next government decides its policies for the UN climate summit, which is due to be held in Cairo in November.

The position will be discussed by the Greens party hall in Canberra on Monday before the Federal Parliament resumes on Tuesday, signaling speculation that Prime Minister Scott Morrison will lose power in an election scheduled for May.

While the Resolve Political Monitor revealed a significant drop in the Coalition primary vote from 39% to 34% over the summer, Labor MPs are not presuming victory and Liberal MPs believe Mr Morrison can campaign more effectively than Mr. Albanese and win.

But Mr Bandt is using the prospect of a hung parliament as a reason for voters to back the Greens, believing it would force Labor to adopt a more ambitious climate policy.


“The only way to get a break on new coal and gas projects is with the Liberals out and the Greens in the balance of power,” he said.

Mr Morrison made a similar argument to voters by suggesting the Greens would shape Labor government policy.

“So vote Labour, you vote Green and you vote Green goals,” Mr Morrison said last December.

The Coalition aims to cut emissions by 26-28% by 2030 from 2005 levels, while Labor has a 43% target and the Greens a 75% target.

Voters are split on the best target, but last month the Resolve Political Monitor found 24% support for the Greens’ goal, 16% support for the Coalition and 18% for Labour.

Given the choice of targets from two major parties that can form government, 37% of voters backed the Labor Party target and 22% preferred the government target.

The Greens’ new policy argues that the temporary moratorium would delay or halt projects that could emit greenhouse gases equivalent to 2.5 times Australia’s annual emissions, although this includes emissions in countries that burn carbon. oil, gas or coal that they buy from Australia. These emissions are not included in United Nations figures on national carbon production.

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