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Motion: Climate Change Petition

Mehreen Faruqi 10 Sep 2019

Senator FARUQI (New South Wales) (18:47): I seek leave to table a document.

The DEPUTY PRESIDENT: Leave is not given, Senator Faruqi. If you can just give a brief outline of what the document is and circulate it—yes, Minister?

Senator Seselja: We haven't seen this document.

Senator Siewert: Yes, you have.

Senator Seselja: Well, I haven't, and the leader hasn't.

Senator Siewert: The whip has.

Senator Seselja: Until we know what it is, the usual courtesies—

Senator Siewert: We have shown you—

The DEPUTY PRESIDENT: Senator Siewert, unless you're calling a point of order, people are trying to sort the matter out. The government has indicated it wants to see the document.

Senator Dean Smith: If it assists, perhaps Senator Faruqi might just be clear about what document she seeks to table. Then we'll be able to make an informed decision.

The DEPUTY PRESIDENT: I did ask that, and that was overridden. People wanted to see the document. Senator Faruqi, could you give just a brief outline of what the document is.

Senator FARUQI: Sure. As Senator Siewert pointed out before, the document has been given to the government. It is a non-conforming petition relating to the climate emergency.

Senator Dean Smith: If it is the non-conforming petition relating to climate change then leave is granted.

Senator FARUQI: I table a non-conforming petition, signed by 125,000 people, relating to the climate emergency, and I seek leave to make a short statement.

The DEPUTY PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute.

Senator FARUQI: Australians are extremely concerned about the droughts, the floods, the extinctions and the water shortages caused by climate change. Fires are raging in New South Wales and Queensland, our rainforests are burning, one million of the world's species are at risk of extinction and our Murray-Darling Basin is on the brink of collapse. Emergency crews across the country are crying out for help, calling these severe events an omen of things to come. Communities are pleading for action. By not acting, this coal-loving, climate-change-denying government is putting us all at risk. Declare a climate emergency now. Act like our country is on fire, because it literally is.


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