The climate election: how the major parties stack up

08 May 2019

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Climate change is happening here, now.  But we can help to avoid the worst of climate damage through the choices we make.

The Federal election is a defining moment.

From crippling drought in outback NSW to devastating floods in Bangladesh, from blazing bushfires in Tasmania to devastating cyclones in Zimbabwe and Mozambique, when disasters hit, people suffer.

Climate change affects us all. But it is people living in the world’s poorest countries — like Vanuatu and Zimbabwe — who are the most vulnerable to its impacts.

If we ignore this fact, the impacts on people will only get worse.

Using coal and other fossil fuels creates pollution that affects our climate and causes harm. There are viable clean energy alternatives yet Australia continues to dig up and burn coal, which is heating our planet and harming people. 

Each year, millions of people are displaced as a result of disasters. As the world warms up, the climate crisis will make extreme weather events more frequent and more deadly, which will likely force even more people from their homes.

For our Pacific neighbours, for other vulnerable communities around the world, and all future generations, we must speak up for climate action now.

Successive governments have failed to tackle the problem. But momentum is growing. More and more people understand that now is the time to act, giving us good reason to be hopeful. After a year of extreme weather, people all across Australia are making this the climate election.

We’ve drawn on external research to summarise the major parties’ commitments on climate change policy to help you make an informed decision about how to vote for leaders who will show courage and act on climate change.

At a glance: major party policies on climate change

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To put this guide together, we’ve drawn on independent research done by the Australian Conservation Foundation. See the full analysis here.