I thank the member for his question. I welcome the fact that the United States will be rejoining the Paris accord. Australia never left, Mr Speaker. Australia never left and not only did we not leave, Mr Speaker, we continued to meet and beat its commitments that we have had.
Meeting and beating Kyoto 1. Meeting and beating Kyoto 2. And Mr Speaker, we will meet and beat 2030 as well. Mr Speaker, those opposite, when we said that about Kyoto 1 and Kyoto 2, they mocked us, Mr Speaker.
They said the plan wouldn’t work and we wouldn’t be able to achieve it, but they were proved wrong.
They were proved wrong on two counts counts. One, that we are committed to reducing emissions consistent with our agreements and meeting those commitments. So when I say to the Australian people what our government will do and how we will do it, Australians have confidence in that, because they understand our track record of performance and delivery when it comes to meeting these challenges.
Now, when it comes to the matter of net zero by 2050, Australia would like to meet that as quickly as possible, as quickly as it’s able, Mr Speaker. That is why the energy minister and the minister for emissions reduction has set out the technology road map which is the way that that can be achieved, Mr Speaker.
But until such time as we can be very clear with the Australian people about what the cost of that is and how that plan can deliver on that commitment, it would be very deceptive on the Australian people and not honest with them to make such commitments without being able to spell that out to Australians and I’ll give another guarantee.
Australia’s policies will be set in Australia and nowhere else for Australia’s purposes and consistent with our national interest and you can always guarantee that when it comes to a Coalition government, Mr Speaker.
We will always act in Australia’s interests. Now, Mr Speaker. We have our 2030 target that we have signed up to under the Paris accords.
But I note the Labor party has not. The Labor Party would rather talk about something 30 years from now.
And there may be a reason. The Labor party has signed up to a net zero by 2050 without qualification. Unlike in New Zealand, where they have admitted methane, which means agriculture and forestry sectors are not included in their net 2050 commitment. The Labor Party hasn’t done that. And some simple, linear analysis will tell you that for a net 2050 that Labor wants, it requires a 4% emissions reduction in 2030.
Why won’t the Labor party tell the Australian people what their 2030 target is?