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Christine Milne: Action on climate change necessary to reduce Australia's vulnerability to extreme weather events [Motion]

The Australian Greens Leader, Senator Christine Milne, moves a motion in the Senate to recognise the latest findings of the Australian Bureau of Meteorology and calls on the Abbott Government to reduce Australia's vulnerability to extreme weather events by taking action on climate change.

Senator MILNE (Tasmania-Leader of the Australian Greens) (15:47): I move:

That the Senate-

(a) notes that according to the Australian Bureau of Meteorology, south and southeast Australia experienced a severe drop in average rainfall with the highest October temperatures ever recorded, leading to high vulnerability to fire danger;

(b) recognises that these conditions are consistent with climate change projections by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and have not been attributed to El Nino, but that these conditions will continue with a 70 per cent likelihood they will be worsened by El Nino in coming months; and

(c) calls on the Government to reduce Australia's vulnerability to extreme weather by taking urgent action to reduce Australia's greenhouse gas emissions at the source and contribute fairly to the global effort to limit warming to 2 degrees.

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