The election and the environment: What happens next?

  • Following the recent election result, there is increased pressure for a strong government response on issues including climate change, environmental protection and integrity. 
  • An increase in renewables, critical minerals production and processing will require reform that encourages development and investment certainty, while providing clear environmental protection objectives and criteria. 
  • This article sets out the top 5 predictions for coming change on environmental matters, and where the priorities should lie. 

The recent Australian Federal election has resulted in a change of government. While the votes continue to be counted and the final constitution of our Parliament is not yet certain, Labor will have a majority in the Lower House, and the Greens will have control of the Senate.

There is pressure on the Government to deliver a strong response on issues including climate change, environmental protection and integrity. The new Ministry includes Tanya Plibersek as Minister for Environment and Water (which Labor says is 'front and centre') and Chris Bowen as Minister for Climate Change and Minister for Energy.

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