Kyung Moo (Kevin) HONG (Liberal Party of Australia) Facebook
Ashley BLACKWELL (Drug Law Reform Party) Facebook, Drug Law Reform website
Tristram CHELLEW (Australian Sex Party) Facebook
Samantha RATNAM (The Greens) website | Facebook
Dougal GILLMAN (Renewable Energy Party) Renewable Energy Party Facebook
William FULGENZI (Socialist Equality Party) SEP Facebook
Zane ALCORN (Socialist Alliance) Facebook
Camille SYDOW (Animal Justice Party) Facebook
Francesco TIMPANO (Independent) Facebook
Peter KHALIL (Australian Labor Party) website | Facebook
Candidates had an opportunity to explain their policies at a climate forum in Wills that we organised.
- Climate and Health Alliance – Health and climate Scorecard
- Solar citizens Wills Scorecard
- Australian Conservation Foundation Scorecard (PDF)
- Environment Victoria Scorecard (PDF)
- WWF Scorecard
- Fight for the Reef Election Tracker
- Bicycle Network – Vote Bike cycling scorecard
- Oxfam’s Vote Fair election elephant: YOU have the power to choose a fairer, more equal world.
- Digital Rights Watch scorecard
- Abbott/Turnbull Government record on environment and climate action at Sustainable Fawkner.
- Moreland Bicycle Users Group are surveying all candidates on Cycling in Wills policies
ACF climate pledge
Only three of the ten candidates standing for the Wills Federal electorate have signed the Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) pledge: Samantha Ratnam (The Greens), Camille Sydow (Animal Justice Party) and Zane Alcorn (Socialist Alliance). This pledge is an undertaking that if elected they will:
- Support Clean Energy. Transitioning Australia to 100 percent clean energy.
- Cut Pollution. Moving to zero net climate pollution before 2050 and closing dirty coal burning power stations.
- Protect our reefs, rivers, forests and wildlife. Supporting a strong set of laws and institutions to improve biodiversity and regulate pollution.
Other candidates have taken away the pledge card to consider but have not yet committed. These include: Peter Khalil (Labor), Will Fulgenzi (Socialist Equality), Tristram Chellow (Sex Party).
I am particularly disappointed Peter Khalil, the Labor candidate, has refused so far to sign. His predecessor Kelvin Thomson was a strong supporter of climate action within parliament and Labor Caucus. Other Labor candidates have not been as reticent such as for example: Tony Clark in Deakin and Margaret D’Arcy in Kooyong both signing the pledge.
This is an important pledge as it contains commitments to phase out polluting coal and increase renewable energy to 100 percent, to transition to a zero carbon economy before 2050, and to protect our forests, rivers and reefs. All these are essential if we are to meet out international climate commitments of the Paris Agreement.
Don’t forget the Federal election sausage sizzle map: it is not too late for schools to do some sizzling fund raising at polling booths.
Climate Action Moreland organised a forum on climate for voters in the electorate of Wills to meet the candidates. Eight candidates accepted and turned up, with an apology from Kevin Hong, the Liberal candidate. About 140 people attended, more than we were expecting. We had to put out more chairs.
The numbers present – and the crowd was greater than we were expecting – highlight that climate change is a serious concern to the people of Moreland, as well as wider Australia. We want our politicians to lead on this issue, and not be beholden to sectional corporate interests. We expect our Federal representative to fearlessly pursue this issue in their party room, in parliament and society.
We have had the fortune of retiring MP Kelvin Thompson being active on the issue, while perhaps not pushing quite as hard as we would have sometimes liked. With the Paris Agreement in place we need to lift our national targets and actions to implement a just transition to a zero carbon economy by mid century. Thar is just 35 years from now. Even better if we can do so sooner.
The damage and prognosis for the Great Barrier Reef means that there is little time to spare.
On the local level we need to be concerned about extreme weather events, particularly the health risk during heatwaves, and Council and State Government action to moderate extreme temperatures associated with the urban heat island effect.
The Andrews Government needs to be working on transition planning for the LaTrobe Valley communities with the latest news from France that French company Engie is considering closure or sale of Hazelwood. The company’s major shareholder is the French state and French Ecology Minister Segolene Royal said on France TV that Engie needs to “disengage” with coal.
The Minister for Resources, Wade Noonan, commented: “The Government has been in contact with the mine’s owner Engie about this matter and I’m advised that no decision has been made,” Mr Noonan said. “Those discussions will continue. As the state’s new Resources Minister I look forward to meeting with the Latrobe Valley’s coal generators as well as local residents to discuss these issues.” as reported by the ABC.
If the Minister’s comments reflect the broader government attitude, it is a poor reflection on the ill-preparedness in the Victorian government for a just energy transition, especially after their April announcements following the mine fire inquiry recommendations.
Moreland Council has received $80,000 grant funding from the Victorian Government on a project to minimise the impact of the Urban Heat Island Effect on vulnerable social housing residents.
The urban heat island effect results when urban surfaces heat up much faster than rural land. With temperatures climbing due to climate change and more extreme heat events predicted, the urban heat island effect will magnify the heat health impacts on the population, especially more vulnerable people like the young, the old, outside workers and those with medical conditions.
The grant funding was part of $1.15 million to support Council driven projects across Victoria in mitigation and adaptation to climate change.
Climate Emergency Petition
Mobilising public and private resources to restore
a safe climate for the common good
In February 2016, global temperatures spiked to well over 1.5°C above pre-industrial times, just weeks after the Paris resolution aimed at not exceeding that benchmark. (See: Climate Reality Check)
Ask Australian parliaments and local councils to
declare a climate emergency and mobilise resources
to restore a safe climate
“All of us are fully aware how wrong it is to falsely yell ‘Fire!’ in a crowded theatre. But we are also aware of how wrong it is to sit silently while a fire begins to spread…” Richard Alley, Professor of Geosciences at Pennsylvania State University
Humans are like frogs in a saucepan of water being gradually heated to boiling. Each month brings us more frightening news on the effects of global warming, but because the changes are gradual, there’s never a clear signal that it’s time to step up to stronger action.
Let’s use the alarming spike in global temperatures during February 2016 and the bleaching of the Reef as the impetus to insist our leaders stop playing political games on climate and stand together to draw a line in the sand. Australian Parliament must declare a climate emergency. It’s the first step in mobilising government and community resources and funds that are not normally available. Declaring a state of emergency inspires the public to act for the common good.
Australians are great at pitching in to help in an emergency. In the Queensland floods of 2011, three-quarters of the council areas were declared disaster zones. Government funds were made available and a large workforce was mobilised to deal with the emergency. More than 55,000 volunteers registered to help clean up the streets of Brisbane. All over Australia kind-hearted individuals and community groups sent supplies and raised emergency funds.
This petition is a first step in a growing campaign by grassroots climate action groups to pressure our political leaders to step up and do what is needed to address the climate crisis. It is part of a PetitionStorm and the total includes signatures on other forms of the petition. Read more at http://www.climatesafety.net
Malcolm Turnbull has now called the election for Saturday July 2nd, 2016. It will be a double dissolution election with both the House of Representatives and the full senate being elected.
Climate Action Moreland has organised a candidates forum with a focus on climate change and sustainability. The candidates will outline their party policy on climate change, with a focus on policies for climate action and sustainability.
Where: Coburg Concert Hall in the Coburg Town Hall, 90 Bell St, Coburg
When: Monday, 30 May 7.30pm-9pm
Register on Facebook Events page
Come and meet the Wills Candidates and discuss with them their party policies on climate action.
Zane ALCORN – (Socialist Alliance)
Tristram CHELLEW – (Sex Party)
Will Fulgenzi – (Socialist Equality Party)
Camille KENNEDY-SYDOW – (Animal Justice Party)
Peter KHALIL – (Australian Labor Party)
Dean O’CALLAGHAN – (Independent/Save the Planet)
Samantha RATNAM – (Australian Greens)
Francesco Timpano – (Independent)
Kevin Hong – (Liberal Party of Australia) will not attend, registered an apology
More candidates as they are confirmed
Update 16 May: climate change a vote changer
Polling done by Essential vision shows that most people approve the higher climate targets and the proposed Emissions Trading Scheme in Labor’s climate plan. The polling was published on May 3 and supports previous polling in March that a majority of Australians want greater action on climate change.
The survey found that 57 per cent of voting age people approved of the Labor Party’s higher climate targets that more closely match the science and carbon emissions policy. Just 21 per cent disapproved of these targets and implementation of an ETS.