Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2009 Week 14 Hansard (18 November) . . Page.. 5236..
MR SMYTH (continuing):
Title agreed to.
Bill, as amended, agreed to.
MS PORTER (Ginninderra) (5.08): I move:
That this Assembly:
I am very pleased to move this motion today on the most important subject of our time, climate change. In speaking to the United Nations on 22 September President Obama stated:
Our generation's response to this challenge will be judged by history, for if we fail to meet it-boldly, swiftly, and together-we risk consigning future generations to an irreversible catastrophe.
The ACT is a small player in terms of its contribution to Australia's greenhouse gas emissions and Australia is similarly small on a global scale. However, drawing again on President Obama's words to the United Nations:
Each of us must do what we can when we can to grow our economies without endangering our planet-and we must all do it together.
As the recent interim report of the Standing Committee on Climate Change, Environment and Water stated, and as the minister said yesterday, to say that because we are a small jurisdiction and therefore it does not matter if we do not act is a nonsense argument. We must all do our level best to make a difference now. Therefore, the ACT government considers it imperative that both the territory and the country have progressive policies and programs to tackle climate change and contribute to a global climate change solution. Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, speaking to the Lowy Institute recently, recognised that Australia and the world today stand at critical junctures in our national and global strategies to tackle climate change.