Welcome to the third-last sitting week of the year.
It honestly feels like it’s about 2023, but no. It’s still 2020.
For the Coalition though, 2020 is ending where it has spent the last 10 years – under pressure over climate policy. As Adam Morton reports:
Australia risks becoming an isolated laggard in addressing the climate crisis, without obvious allies to shelter it from rising international pressure to act, as the US takes a leadership role under Joe Biden, experts say.
The president-elect has declared addressing climate change “the No 1 issue facing humanity” and promised $2tn in climate spending and policies to put the US on a path to 100% clean electricity by 2035 and net zero emissions no later than 2050.
Biden last week promised to rejoin the Paris agreement (which due to a quirk of timing the US officially left on the day after the election) on his first day in office and has said he would “use every tool of American foreign policy to push the rest of the world” to increase their ambition to combat the problem.
That is not to say that Labor won’t have its issues either, with the right faction, led by Joel Fitzgibbon, all aboard the gas train.
Meanwhile, NSW wants to be a renewable energy super power within Australia, as Australia’s largest economy works out where the future money is, under ambitious environment minster, Matt Kean.
The Sydney Morning Herald reports the government will provide funding to the private sector to build energy infrastructure, preparing NSW for a post-2030 world.
The states have powered ahead with plans for 2030, with targets, and a shift in how they plan for future power needs – they would just like a federal policy which helps lock it all in.
We’ll cover that, as well as everything else which happens today, including Covid and the odd US presidential update. You have Amy Remeikis with you for most of the day.