Queensland backs Net Zero by 2050 target

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk

Queensland will officially back a target of net zero emissions by 2050, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has confirmed.

A vote in parliament this week has seen Queensland’s state government back a target of net zero emissions by 2050, with pressure mounting on Prime Minister Scott Morrison to commit to attending the COP26 global climate change summit in Glasgow. 

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The federal government is yet to commit to the net zero by 2050 target, instead saying Australia will “meet and beat” its goal of cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 26 to 28 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030. 

“The government is preparing to release a new climate plan ahead of the COP26 summit that Mr Morrison said will focus on ‘technology not taxes’,” an SBS News report stated.

Queensland Environment Minister Meaghan Scanlon said Mr Morrison appeared powerless to keep in check “anti-climate propaganda” being issued by members of his own party and noted Australia was behind the likes of US, Canada, France, South Africa, and New Zealand in issuing an emissions target.

“We need national leadership on net zero emissions, but yet we get zero leadership and zero action from Scott Morrison and the LNP,” Ms Scanlon said.

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“No wonder he doesn’t want to go to Glasgow next month. It’s embarrassing … but what can you expect from a guy who said that electric vehicles would somehow end the weekend.”

Treasurer Cameron Dick went so far as to brand Mr Morrison “an outcast on the international stage”.

“Scott Morrison refuses to commit to net zero risking Australia‘s future and risking Australian jobs,” he said.