If you live in Geelong, Bellarine or Surf Coast, and if climate is your main concern this election, it should be relatively simple to figure out how to vote at the federal election on 21 May 2022.
Because numerous independent research teams have been working hard to compile information into databases and websites that give you insight into what each of the parties and candidates stand for, and by comparing all of these databases, it turns out they all end up giving almost identical recommendation. And a team consisting of members from Centre for Climate Safety, The Sustainable Hour podcast and Voices of Corangamite have now put together a how-to-vote cards for you based on these findings – two how-to-vote cards for Corangamite and two for Corio.
For voters in Corangamite, a summary of the research done by Climate Analytics, Vote Earth Now, Vote1Climate, Vote Climate One, Vote Climate, Climate and Health Alliance, Australian Parents for Climate Action, Australian Youth Climate Coalition, School Strike 4 Climate, Solar Citizens and the Australian Religious Response to Climate Change spells out like this on the two ballot papers:
NOTE ABOUT THE FREEDOM PARTIES AND CLIMATE
FREEDOM PARTIES = FREEDOM FROM NET ZERO TARGETS, FREEDOM TO CONTINUE BURNING COAL
If you rank the so-called ‘Freedom parties’ high on your ballot card – which means: One Nation, United Australia Party, Liberal Democrats, Australian Values Party, Democratic Alliance, Federation Party, Great Australia Party, and Informed Medical Options Party – you may be thinking you’ll be voting for “freedom”, but be aware that you are then at the same time voting for parties that have pledged to oppose any net zero targets, oppose closing of coal-fired power stations, support nuclear power, and reduce Australia’s participation in world organisations such as the United Nations, among other things – according to a scorecard from Turning Point Australia.
VOTE EARTH NOW
AUSTRALIAN PARENTS FOR CLIMATE ACTION
Federal Election 2022: Where do they stand on climate policy?
Recommendations of the Climate Targets Panel and the Paris Agreement’s equity principles require wealthy, high-emitting nations to make cuts above the global average:
• Emissions reduction target (ERT) of 75% by 2030 (from 2005 levels)
• Net zero by 2035 – 100% renewable electricity by 2030
• Emissions reduction target of 75% by 2030
• Net zero by 2035
• 100% renewable energy by 2030 via public investment in large-scale renewables
• Emissions reduction target of 43% by 2030
• Net zero by 2050
• 50% renewable electricity by 2030, and investment in energy efficiency
LIBERAL & THE NATIONALS
• Emissions reduction target of 26%-28% by 2030
• Net zero by 2050
• No future renewable electricity target; various investments in renewables including
Snowy 2 and in the Hunter Valley
THE NEW LIBERALS
• Net zero by 2030
• No stated targets; supports immediate climate action to limit warming to 2°C
• Emissions reduction target of 26-28% by 2030
UNITED AUSTRALIA PARTY
• No stated emissions reduction policy
• One Nation believes Australia should withdraw from the Paris Agreement, citing
fears of economic damage and job losses
• In Monash, Deb Leonard supports an ERT of 74% by 2030 and net zero by 2035.
• In North Sydney, Kylea Tink calls for an ERT of at least 60% by 2030 and Net
Zero by 2040.
• In Warringah, sitting MP Zali Steggall targets an ERT of 60% by 2030 and Net
Zero by 2050, and an orderly transition to 80% renewable energy by 2030.
• In Goldstein, Zoe Daniel supports an ERT of 60% by 2030, and a commitment to
80% of renewable energy by 2030
JUICE MEDIA: HOW TO VOTE
SENATE – VICTORIA
→ Vote Climate One on Facebook
This is how GetUp recommends you vote in Corangamite:
FROM THE GREENS PERSPECTIVE
The Green’s first demand is an immediate freeze on all new coal, oil and gas projects. This is how the Greens propose you vote in Corio:
FROM A YOUTH PERSPECTIVE
These are the marks the Australian Youth Climate Coalition and School Strike 4 Climate have given four of the parties:
FROM A HEALTH PERSPECTIVE
FROM A RENEWABLE ENERGY PERSPECTIVE
FROM A NATURE PERSPECTIVE
FROM A FAITH PERSPECTIVE
→ One Small Step: How can we ‘vote for climate action’?
PODCAST WITH VOTE EARTH NOW: THE GREEN WAVE
“Populist right-wing politicians are going after the traditional working-class voters concerned about immigration and jobs, the left is focused on the more elite urban concerns of environment, child care and aged care and, in Australia, teal independents are claiming the middle. The old model of two-party representative democracy is failing because the choice is no longer a clear one between labour and capital, left and right, but between two sets of schmucks with no serious policies, about whom we know far too much.”
~ Alan Kohler, editor in chief of Eureka Report and finance presenter on ABC news – in The New Daily
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