Queensland introduces carbon target bill; Tasmanian premier calls election – as it happened


Queensland premier introduces bill for 75% carbon reduction target by 2035

Andrew Messenger

Andrew Messenger

Queensland parliament’s gallery is packed as the premier, Steven Miles, introduces a bill legislating a 75% carbon reduction target by 2035.

Miles says:

The targets we’re setting to reduce emissions by 75% by 2035 are based on science and meeting internationally agreed targets.

But more importantly, they will provide industry with the certainty to invest in converting existing industry to renewables and attracting new industries here. These targets are crucial to lock in the investment needed for our economic future.

The clean economy jobs bill will now go to a parliamentary committee for scrutiny.

Queensland premier Steven Miles speaks in parliament yesterday
Queensland premier Steven Miles speaks in parliament yesterday. Photograph: Darren England/AAP

Miles says the target is “responsible, credible and critical” and “positions Queensland as a world leader on the pathway to net zero”.

He pitches the bill as a boost for jobs and guaranteeing certainty for industry.

If the world is to reach net zero by 2050, Queensland needs to play our part.

Miles promised to introduce the bill in one of his first acts as premier after taking the top job in December. Green issues are a main personal and political priority for the former environment minister who once campaigned as “Miles; better for the reef”.

Personally I first became interested in climate change in 2007 when Kim was expecting our son Sam. Until then, to be honest, I was a bit dismissive of conservation issues, instead more motivated by social and economic justice concerns …

I came to realise then, though, that climate change threatens the opportunities, jobs and lives I wanted for our future family. Since then, it’s been an essential political objective for me.

The opposition has yet to declare its position on the bill.

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Key events

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Fellow National says Joyce coverage is overblown

Keith Pitt has come to the aid of his Nationals colleague Barnaby Joyce, questioning why the “very minor” incident is under scrutiny.

The member for Hinkler told Sky News on Wednesday he thought the incident was overblown and indicative of the worsening pressure politicians face in the job.

Pitt said:

You are under pressure constantly. You’re under a lot of media scrutiny. That is part of the deal, but I think it’s getting worse. And the idea that we would chase after someone on something, which in my view is very minor, to be honest – you know, why?

This morning the Nationals leader, David Littleproud, revealed he’d asked Joyce to take personal leave after he was filmed last week lying down on a Canberra footpath and swearing profanities into his phone.

Littleproud said he’d “embarrassed himself and he’s embarrassed his family” but suggested the Nationals frontbencher’s behaviour was prompted by undisclosed personal issues.

The incident comes amid speculation Littleproud is considering a reshuffle of his frontbench, which could result in one Nationals member being dropped from the Coalition’s shadow ministry.

Joyce, a former deputy prime minister and twice Nationals leader, is also rumoured to be interested in retaking the party’s top job.

When asked about the speculation by Sky News, Pitt dismissed it.

Every single MP I know here and every senator, everyone wants more responsibility. Anyone says they don’t, well they’re not telling the truth … [but] that’s not a decision that’s on the table. We’re in the midst of opposition. We’re in the midst of a byelection.

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Here is a little more from the chamber, as seen (and captured) by Mike Bowers:

Deputy opposition leader Sussan Ley in a narrow beam of sunlight during question time. Photograph: Mike Bowers/The Guardian
Anthony Albanese in the house. Photograph: Mike Bowers/The Guardian
Shadow treasurer Angus Taylor. Photograph: Mike Bowers/The Guardian
Albanese leaves question time. Photograph: Mike Bowers/The Guardian

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Mike Bowers spent some time in the chamber.

Here is Scott Morrison in his one-man performance of “looking at the clock after you’ve been sitting there for an hour and realise only five minutes has passed”.

The former PM, right, during question time. Photograph: Mike Bowers/The Guardian
Photograph: Mike Bowers/The Guardian
Alex Hawke, top left, was also there. Photograph: Mike Bowers/The Guardian

Morrison should cheer up – he has just a little over one week left until he’s outty.

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The former chief of staff to Barnaby Joyce while he was deputy prime minister and senior public servant Diana Hallam has been named as the new, permanent CEO of the Australian Forest Products Association.

Ms Hallam will leave her current role as a first assistant secretary in the Australian government Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry to commence as AFPA CEO on 12 March 2024. Diana served as chief of staff to deputy prime minister and minister for agriculture, the Hon Barnaby Joyce MP, from 2014 to 2017 and prior to that occupied senior roles at both Toll Group and Singapore Airlines.

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Back to federal politics and a depressing time warp:

I never would have believed when I first asked questions in Senate Estimates 10 years ago that I would still be asking about a recovery plan for the critically endangered leadbeater’s possum, or wollert.

Watch through to the end to see if Leadies do now have a recovery plan… pic.twitter.com/8DURVKJT7g

— Janet Rice (@janet_rice) February 13, 2024

Governing “alone or not at all” has not lasted very long in this press conference.

Jeremy Rockliff:

I am open to conversations, as I said. I have always respected the will of the election, the voters, and we need to respect the will of the people. With that respect and maturity. Yes, I am open to conversations. But on key principles I will not be trading away our 2030 plan for Tasmania. I will not be trading away Liberal policies. I will not be trading away ministries. We can govern in majority, that is my aim, that is what I am fighting for and that is what has put Tasmania in the very best of stead since 2014.

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So, given that Jeremy Rockliff couldn’t work with two members of his former party, how could he work with a crossbench of independents or minor parties?

We have done our best over the course of the last 12 months or since the defection to govern in the best interests of Tasmanians. Clearly, with the comments by both the two independents who have made that uncertainty and, frankly, Tasmanians have had enough.


… They [the deserters] were elected in majority government in 2021, I am seeking election in 2024 for majority government, we are the only party that can achieve majority government and we will deliver on all the promises and the plan, the 2030s strong plan for Tasmania.

So far the messaging is A+, no notes.

To be honest, I needed this. I think we all did.

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Jeremy Rockliff becomes the latest political leader to pretend that he won’t do deals with independent or minor party MPs, which is ridiculous because the alternative in that situation is opposition and I am yet to see a political party voluntarily choose opposition.

Rockliff talks himself into a circle here:

We will govern alone or not at all and we will not do a deal with the Greens. I want to be very, very clear about that. There will be no deals with the Greens. We are poles apart. They are the job-destroying party, we create jobs. We create wealth. We fund those essential services and we have seen the results of Labor-Green deals, I will not be doing a deal with the Greens.

But I will respect the outcome of the election and the will of the voters and, of course, have the maturity, of course, to govern sensibly in the best interests of all Tasmanians.

When it comes to everyone else, and I’ve made my position very clear when it comes to the Greens, when it comes to everyone else, some key principles will apply. I will not agree to anything that constrains me or my government. I will not be trading ministerial positions or policies. And the 2030s strong plan is not negotiable. Those are the key principles.

As I say, I will treat the outcome of the election and the will of the voters with respect and maturity.

So we will govern alone or not at all, but we will respect the voters’ will and when it comes to other independents who are not the Greens, here are our principles for agreeing to minority government.

Totally clear there. Makes complete sense.

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This line from Jeremy Rockliff is pretty bold, considering he has called an early election because so many Liberals have left the party and moved to the crossbench which he can’t work with, despite them being former colleagues.

Labor’s infighting, disunity is so bad, they have had only been just given their training wheels back from Canberra.

It is simple – if Labor can’t govern themselves, they can’t govern Tasmania.

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Tasmanian premier announces election date and says he won’t ‘be held to ransom’ by crossbench

Question time is still going, but we are going to hear from the Tasmanian Liberal premier, Jeremy Rockliff, about the early election.

Rockliff and Adrian Schrinner (Brisbane City council lord mayor) are the most senior Liberal leaders in the country at the moment. (The Queensland LNP leader, David Crisafulli, looks on track to take that crown, but that won’t happen until the Queensland election in October.)

So there is a lot of attention on Tasmania’s state election (for once).

Jeremy Rockliff arrives at Government House in Hobart. Photograph: Rob Blakers/AAP

Rockliff is calling an election because so many of his MPs have moved to the crossbench and he can’t get legislation through.

So Tasmania – you are off to an election on 23 March.


I am not going to allow myself and my government to be held to ransom for the next 12 months, it is bad to Tasmania and is bad for Tasmanians. I’ve taken the decision to call an election so that Tasmanians can have their say.

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The independent MP Sophie Scamps asks Jim Chalmers:

Two of our nation’s most prominent economists have today put forward a bold plan to lower global emissions by 6%, deliver cheaper power bills and supercharge a new green export industry, which would set up Australia’s prosperity in the new global economy for decades. With the worst of the climate deniers all but wiped out, isn’t it due that a climate target was back on the table?

Treasurer Jim Chalmers speaks during question time. Photograph: Lukas Coch/AAP

Jim Chalmers says no:

I say to the member, unfortunately still a few of them here because you guys can only knock them off one at a time. Mr Speaker, I agree that Prof Sims and Prof Garnaut are very distinguished economists and thinkers and they are well motivated and informed contributors to this debate as well as the member for Mackellar herself.

We share the objective of a future increasingly powered by cleaner and cheaper and increasingly renewable energy into the future because this side of the house believes in the vast industrial and economic opportunities of a net zero economy.

Where we differ from the distinguished thinkers at the press club today is that we are not up for the levy that Prof Sims and Prof Garnaut proposed at the press club today. Part of the reason for that is because we found a better way, Mr Speaker, or at least an alternative way, but we feel a better way, to implement what is already a comprehensive and ambitious agenda when it comes to clean energy, when it comes to climate change, and when it comes to those industrial opportunities for becoming a renewable energy superpower.

Sims and Garnaut both also said in that address that new ideas are not adopted overnight – but eventually they are, mostly because there are no other options. They seem to believe that this is what will happen here, with this idea.

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Clare O’Neil then takes a dixer so she can perform her latest episode of “Peter Dutton was a terrible home affairs minister”.

It’s pretty much a repeat of yesterday’s performance.

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Zali Steggall, welcome to the QT resistance.

So #qt is an utter farce! Govt is doing dixers pointing out workers in every portfolio are getting tax cuts. Coalition are desperately trying to whip up fear about refugees released from detention after HC decision when they voted for legislation that imposes strict controls.🫠

— 🌏 Zali Steggall MP (@zalisteggall) February 14, 2024

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Tony Burke denies leave because “we want to talk about the cost of living”, which is a very lame line.

Peter Dutton manages to get out a “this weak minister has to go, this prime minister has to show leadership and get rid of this …”

Before Burke moves the suspension to after the matter of public importance.

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Opposition leader Peter Dutton during question time. Photograph: Mike Bowers/The Guardian

Peter Dutton is now seeking leave to suspend standing orders to debate a motion about the indefinite detention issue.

Tony Burke will probably send this to after question time, but let’s see.

It might mark that they are finally out of questions for Andrew Giles? Let’s see on that too.

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