To our federal candidates:
No matter where we're from, we all want a safe home and a future for our kids. Communities are facing worse fires and floods because of decades of delay from governments and corporations.
That's why this election, voters are looking for climate leadership.
Renewable energy is ready now, so they want to vote for people who will get on with the job.
We are calling for parties and candidates in the election to commit to:
- Replace burning coal and gas with 100% clean, renewable energy this decade
- Fund the future, not public subsidies for coal, oil and gas corporations
- Support people and communities impacted by climate damage.
Download our Climate Leadership Pack:
More details on all our policies are laid out in this Climate Leadership Pack, and also below.
We are calling for fast, specific, proactive action from all parties and candidates standing for election.
GetUp members are campaigning for climate leadership this election and will hand out how-to-vote cards based on these policies.
Here's what we're asking for:
Shift to clean energy
- Deliver 100% clean electricity from sun, wind, and other renewable power and storage by 2030
- Reach zero emissions by 2035
- Reduce climate pollution by 2030 with targets that at least match major economies like the United States, the United Kingdom and the European Union
- Deliver a national plan to clean up transport — prioritising public and active transport, and replacing fossil fuel vehicles with electric vehicles.
Back affordable power
- Create energy independent communities — funding a community renewable energy program and powering schools, hospitals, government offices, public and social housing, remote First Nations communities, sporting clubs, halls and libraries with affordable, clean energy by 2025
- Roll out a national household energy upgrades program to older homes to support electrification, solar, EV chargers, batteries, better appliances, heat pumps, and insulation — so people can live comfortably in low pollution homes that are cheap to run
- Reform the National Construction Code to make new buildings all-electric, gas-free, well insulated and designed so they are liveable, affordable to run and less polluting. And implement minimum energy efficiency standards for rental properties.
Plan for the future
- Establish a National Transition Authority to: coordinate economic diversification for communities formerly reliant on fossil fuels; ensure communities share in the benefits of new renewable energy projects; and support thousands of well-paid jobs in local manufacturing of clean infrastructure
- Commit to no new approvals of coal, oil or gas projects
- Join over 100 countries in the Global Methane Pledge and commit to capping and reducing methane emissions to rapidly reduce heating
- Permanently ban shale fracking.
Don't pay polluters
- Rule out new subsidies for coal, oil and gas
- Rule out new subsidies for carbon capture and storage (CCS) linked to coal, gas or oil projects and fossil-fuel derived hydrogen
- End subsidies for drilling, pipelines or infrastructure for fracking methane gas in the Beetaloo in the NT.
- Review all federal fossil fuel subsidies by the end of 2022
- Phase out all existing public funding for coal, oil and gas.
- Refuse donations from fossil fuel corporations.
Fund climate solutions
- Reform the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) to explicitly ban it from investing in new fossil fuel infrastructure
- Ensure the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) and the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) only fund renewable energy, and double their funding.
Listen to Traditional Owners
- Ensure that if Traditional Owners do not consent to gas mining projects and infrastructure on their lands, the projects will not proceed
- Commit to a Federal Heritage Act that includes veto power for Traditional Owners to refuse consent to projects impacting cultural heritage.
Support people facing climate damage
- Invest in community-level disaster preparedness and response – including permanent, funded, community resilience hubs in every local government area in vulnerable parts of the country; and prioritise funding for building resilience before a disaster strikes
- Increase the accountability of the National Recovery and Resilience Agency and the Emergency Response Fund, so that they deliver community-led, trauma- informed, people-centred solutions commensurate with the scale of repeat climate disasters
- Urgently implement the recommendations of the Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements
- Create a climate compensation fund to help communities recover from climate disasters, paid for by coal and gas exporters
- Double Australia's current climate finance to $3 billion over 2020-2025, and scale up Australia's contributions to global climate finance to provide a fair share by 2030
- Fund adaptation programs for the Torres Strait Islands to support communities to adapt to climate impacts and stay on their islands.
Protect water and wildlife
- Create strong national nature protection laws that stop Australia's worsening extinction crisis, and support nature as a climate solution
- Commit to amending the 'water trigger' under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 to include protection for water sources from shale gas projects.