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Hogan: ‘I agree, climate change is a real risk that needs us to respond accordingly.’

Geoff Helisma|


Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister and Assistant Minister for Local Government, Page MP Kevin Hogan, says he “agree[s] climate change is a real risk that needs us to respond accordingly” – however, it is not clear what “accordingly” means, as far as the National Party is concerned.

Meanwhile, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) sixth assessment report is big news around the globe; and Australia’s lack of a specific plan to reduce emissions to zero by 2050 has drawn significant scrutiny and prompted various politicised debates.

The Independent sought a response from Mr Hogan, given that his leader, Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce, said to the ABC’s Insiders’ host, David Speers, that there is “zero” chance of the Nationals backing a net-zero commitment before the Glasgow climate summit in November without seeing “a menu”.

Subsequently, Mr Joyce said on the ABC’s Radio National, “Nobody is telling us exactly what’s in the plan.

“…We don’t come up with the plan; the CSIRO [and] other competent people come up with the plan.”

On his Facebook site, Mr Joyce wrote in July 2019 that “warmer weather is the better problem of the two [an ice age or warming]” and that he “believe[s] this is one of the greatest policy phantoms, the misguided and quite ludicrous proposition that Australia can have any effect on the climate”.

Nonetheless, Farmers for Climate Action, which represents 5,000 farmers is telling “Barnaby Joyce, farmers want to see meaningful climate action now”!

The Independent provided Mr Hogan’s office with links to the above statements in an email and asked: “Could you please share your thoughts with your constituents regarding the IPCC report, while reflecting on your position as assistant minister to the deputy prime minister and the statements Mr Joyce has made?”

Mr Hogan’s office responded with: “Please attribute the below quotes to Kevin; this reflects his response to the IPCC report and his ministerial role.

“I agree climate change is a real risk that needs us to respond accordingly,” he said in the response, however, Mr Hogan did not make any reference to the words his leader has spoken in the rest of his statement.

Instead, his office responded with ‘quotes’, most of which have previously been written or spoken elsewhere by Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction Angus Taylor in ministerial releases in November 2020, May 31 and June 4, 2021; and/or in opinion pieces in the Australian in December 2019, for example.

The IPCC’s Regional fact sheet – Australasia largely restates what was published in the CSIRO’s State of the Climate 2020 report.

Five CSIRO scientists, who “contributed to areas, including global carbon cycles, oceans and sea level change, climate change projections and regional impacts of climate change”, were involved in the authorship and editing of the IPCC’s report.






Page MP Kevin Hogan’s statement on how Australia is meeting its climate change commitments.

“Australia leads the world per-capita in investment in renewable energy; it’s almost double the level of second placed Japan.

“The Commonwealth Government invested $1.6 billion in solar rooftop rebates in the past 12 months alone.

“We also have a new $2 billion Climate Solutions Fund to ensure we meet and beat our climate change targets.

“Since 2005, Australia’s emissions have fallen 20.1 per cent.

“Between 2005 and 2019, Australia has reduced emissions faster than similar economies including Canada, New Zealand, Japan and United States.

“In that time China’s emissions have risen 67 per cent and India 77 per cent.

“The Emissions Reduction Fund we set up helped us achieve Australia’s 12.9 per cent reduction.

“It secured 143 million tonnes of emissions reductions from hundreds of projects at an average price of $12.10 per tonne.

“In 2020, Australia’s emissions were 499.0 million tonnes which is 5.0 per cent or 26.1 tonnes lower than 2019.

“Australia’s emissions per capita and the emissions intensity of the economy continue to fall and are at their lowest levels in three decades.

“In 2013, when we came to office renewables contributed 13.7 per cent of electricity in the National Market, in 2019, this had grown to 22.7 per cent.

“According to the Australian Government’s 2019 emissions projections, renewables are expected to contribute 27 per cent of Australia’s electricity sent out in 2020 and over 40 per cent by 2030.

“Since 2017, Australia has invested over $35 billion in renewables. In 2020, the Government deployed a new wind and solar PV at eight and a half times the global capita average.

“We have The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC), which are driving innovation in clean energy technologies.

“The following link that contains details of a number of projects the Government is supporting through ARENA.

“At the Paris climate change conference, Australia committed to reduce emissions by 26 to 28 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030.

“This will see Australia’s emissions per person halve and the emissions intensity of our economy reduce by two-thirds.

“These are among the biggest reductions among major economies internationally.

“We beat our 2020 target by 459 million tonnes, and we are on track to meet and beat our 2030 Paris target.

“In the 2021-22 budget we have committed a further $1.6 billion to meet Australia’s emission reduction targets.”