It is interesting to observe the serious lack of real political commitment from Labor, Liberal and Family First parties to seriously address climate change.
On 10 May 2007, Senator Christine Milne (Greens Senator for Tasmania) moved that the Senate:
(a) notes that most industrialised nations now accept the imperative of constraining global temperature increase to 2 degrees or less to avoid catastrophic climate change; and
(b) agrees that the imperative of constraining global temperature increase to no more than 2 degrees above pre-industrial levels should underpin government policy responses to global warming.
7 Senators (Greens and Democrats) voted for the motion, while 44 voted against it.
Labor, the Liberals and Family First all voted against it.
The pre industrial average global temperature was about 16 degrees. The average global temperature has already increased by 0.8 degrees to 16.8 degrees. It is past time for urgent action to address climate change.
The science is clear, and the catastrophic results are increasingly apparent, with yet another Government report about to be released with shocking findings, including major risks to some of our most basic services and necessities - including water, electricity, transport, telecommunications and buildings. Melbourne has just experienced its driest ever year, getting only half its yearly average rainfall as of 15 May 2007.
Unfortunately, most of our politicians are prepared to play games and fiddle while Australia burns.
http://www.aph.gov.au/hansard/senate/dailys/ds100507.pdf Senate Hansard, 10 May 2007
Climate change: shock findings for Victorians , The Age, 16 May 2007
Melbourne records driest 12 months, The Age, 16 May 2007