Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Coalition's Response to Institute's CQ Climate Concerns; PM Morrison Says Australia Is on Track to Meet Kyoto Targets

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Coalition's Response to Institute's CQ Climate Concerns; PM Morrison Says Australia Is on Track to Meet Kyoto Targets

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Byline: Leighton Smith Leighton.Smith@capnews.com.au

SPEAKING in Rockhampton last week, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said his government was on track towards addressing climate change without causing unnecessary damage to the economy.

"We've got our commitments, our global commitments that we will meet. We will meet our Kyoto targets, and our 2030 targets as well. They're responsible targets that don't shut industries down in Central Queensland," MrMorrison said on a tour of the Nu-Tank operation in Parkhurst.

"We've got record renewable investments going into Australia. We've got $25billion in renewable investment coming into Australia in 2018-2020.

"(There are) 2.1 million households more with solar power on their roofs -- 980,000 when we came into government."

He said they were meeting targets, encouraging renewables and not telling companies "here in Central Queensland" that they've got to buy foreign carbon credits from "goodness knows where" for an unknown purpose.

"Which is money they could be investing in local jobs and wages here in Central Queensland," he said.

"Labor wants you to choose between the environment and the economy. We're saying you can have both and should have both."

During a recent visit to Rockhampton, Deputy Prime Minister and National Party leader Michael McCormack explained his government's approach to tackling climate change saying it was about being practical and balanced.

"We need to make sure that we have a balanced environmental policy, and we have. We want to make sure that we do things at a practical, pragmatic level, and we are," MrMcCormack said.

"We want to make sure that we invest in our rivers, invest in our care for country, and we're doing that. But, what we also don't want to do is make sure that we de-industrialise Australia. …

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