Australia backs soils for food security and climate initiative

Today at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris, Australia joined a French-led initiative to reduce global emissions and boost agricultural production by improving soil health. Soil carbon has an important role to play in global emissions reduction efforts and offers the potential co-benefits of improved soil health and productivity. This is why the…

ABC News Mornings interview with Lisa Millar

Topics: Paris climate conference E&OE…. LISA MILLAR: Greg Hunt, what’s the mood going into this summit? GREG HUNT: I think it’s very positive and that’s exemplified by the fact that over 150 world leaders are due to attend the Leaders' Day including, of course, Prime Minister Turnbull from Australia LISA MILLAR: A Prime Minister, a…

Opposition to resumption of whaling in the Southern Ocean by Japan

Australia strongly opposes the decision by Japan to resuming whaling in the Southern Ocean this summer. The Australian Government has made repeated representations at the highest level to urge Japan not to resume whaling this year. Representations have been made by the Prime Minister, Foreign Minister and Environment Minister. We do not accept in any…

Shorten’s recipe for higher electricity prices

Today Bill Shorten has announced another plan for higher electricity prices. He’s picked a target but hasn’t had the courage to outline the costs. He hasn’t done the work to detail the mechanism. Where is the ALP plan and mechanism? Where is the ALP modelling? After two years they have no plan and no modelling.…

Memo to Mark: these are your accounting methods!

Labor’s lack of credibility in dealing with climate change is getting worse by the day. The latest claims about the Government “fudging numbers” are absolute nonsense. Labor is getting so desperate they’re now attacking the United Nations. We use a set of accounting standards established by the United Nations to calculate emissions. We don’t make…

Boosting incentives for voluntary action to reduce emissions

Ahead of climate talks in Paris, the Government is working to increase participation in the Carbon Neutral Program by boosting opportunities for participants and enhancing consumer recognition of carbon neutral leaders. “The Australian Government has entered into an agreement with the Carbon Market Institute to provide information on the Carbon Neutral Program via a series…

Flying high on C-17 proof-of-concept success in Antarctica

The Australian Antarctic Division and Royal Australian Air Force have successfully flown a joint operational mission to East Antarctica, with a C-17A Globemaster III delivering heavy lift cargo to Wilkins Aerodrome in support of the Australian Antarctic programme. The C-17A flew the 3450km in just over five hours hours, landing at Wilkins Aerodrome near Casey…

NT cuts red tape and lifts environmental standards

The Australian Government congratulates the Northern Territory Government on raising environmental standards as part of their ongoing commitment to reforming the Territory’s environmental regulatory system. This is a clear example of the Australian Government’s One-Stop Shop policy raising environmental standards in Australian States and Territories. Key features of the Northern Territory are designed to meet…