Glenn Lazarus Team

Test 1. Policies to ensure clean renewables power 100% of Australia’s electricity by 2035, and 100% of all Australia’s energy before 2050?

Score

5 / 5

Comment

Supports reinstatement of Australia’s renewable energy target of 20/20 (41,000GW); an increase in the RET for 2030; increased investment in the renewable energy sector; the establishment of a national ‘feed in’ tariff for roof top solar users; incentives and programs to support the adoption of roof top solar across the business sector and domestic and commercial rental/lease market; an increase in the use of renewable energy across the country.

Stated that "A renewable Energy Target to power 100% of Australia’s electricity by 2035, and 100% of all Australia’s energy (electricity, transport and industrial processes) before 2050 from renewable sources should be supported by a strong plan that will unlock investment in new technologies."

"The Glenn Lazarus Team will support the following policies to ensure that Australia is able to benefit from the best and most abundant natural resources we have – clean energy.

  • Commit to an expanded and flexible RET of 100% out to 2035. An expanded RET will continue to play an important role supporting a suite of technologies, by providing a long-term goal that signals to investors the pathway of renewable energy growth.
  • Introduce national renewable energy capacity auctions within the expanded RET. Auctions can be used to support the build of specific technologies in specific geographies to ensure the integrity of the grid.
  • Maintain and strengthen ARENA and the CEFC. ARENA and the CEFC have played an essential role in facilitating the development and commercialisation of renewable energy projects in Australia.
  • Resource community efforts to build clean renewable energy in towns and suburbs across Australia. 
  • Support household and business uptake. The Glenn Lazarus team calls for a target for the number of solar PV rooftops to drive greater investment certainty; continuation of the Small Scale RET Scheme (SRES); and installing solar PV on all new and existing public housing stock. 
  • Build up Batteries. Establish a mechanism to reward distributed generators (households and businesses) for the full value of distributed electricity exported to the grid and ensure the development of minimum standards for new battery storage technologies. 
  • Reboot the National electricity market and gear-up the grid. The Glenn Lazarus Team will commit to a review by 2017 to align current rules, regulations, laws, institutions (AEMO, AEMC, COAG Energy Council) and market structures with a new set of objectives around a clean energy transformation.

Source


Test 2. Double the energy productivity of Australia’s economy by 2030?

Score

3 / 3

Comment

Commits to double Australia’s energy productivity by 2030.


Test 3. Retain the Clean Energy Finance Corporation and Australian Renewable Energy Agency with existing or additional resources?

Score

3 / 3

Comment

Commits to maintain the CEFC and ARENA, and has stated that "ARENA and the CEFC have played an essential role in facilitating the development and commercialisation of renewable energy projects in Australia." Source


Test 4. Introduce vehicle fuel pollution standards by 2017 to bring Australia into line with EU standards?

Score

1 / 1

Comment

Commits to "set ambitious vehicle emissions standards to start in 2017 that bring Australia into line with current European Union standards by 2020, and a further phased approach to reach the EU’s 2021 standard by 2023.
Also commits to measures to support electric vehicle uptake including:

  • In 2017, set a target for 50 per cent of all new car sales in Australia to be EVs by 2026. 
  • In 2017, introduce an Australian Electric Vehicle Strategy."

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Test 5. Stop public subsidies to polluting fossil fuel industries?

Score

3 / 3

Comment

"The Glenn Lazarus Team supports the following reforms to stop incentivising pollution, and make significant budget savings:":

  • Reform the Fuel Tax Credit Scheme, with a cap of $20,000 per claimant. In the 2015-16 federal budget, the Fuel Tax Credits Scheme cost the taxpayer more than $6bn. This would save an estimated $15.4bn over the forward estimates.
  • Abolish aviation fuel excise concessions. Immediate abolition of the concession in the 2016-17 federal budget would save over $6bn over the forward estimates.
  • Remove statutory effective life caps/accelerated depreciation. Statutory effective life caps should be phased out in 2018-19. This would promote economic growth by allowing resources to flow to the most economically efficient businesses and sectors of the economy, be equitable and reduce pollution. This would save the federal budget $1.65bn in 2018-19 alone.

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Test 6. Phase out uranium mining?

Score

0 / 1

Comment

No policy or commitment found.


Test 7. Advance a new approach for the responsible and transparent management of Australia’s radioactive waste?

Score

3 / 3

Comment

The Glenn Lazarus Team is committed to supporting a new approach to the management of radioactive waste, based on transparency, scientific evidence and international best practice to assess a full range of waste management options to find a more responsible radioactive waste management outcome.


Test 8. Stop new uranium sales and nuclear cooperation agreements?

Score

0 / 1

Comment

No policy found.


Test 9. Set pollution targets to progressively reduce our pollution and enable Australia to reach net zero climate pollution by 2050 at the latest?

Score

5 / 5

Comment

Commits to strong carbon pollution reduction targets that include:

  • 25 per cent reduction on 2000 levels by 2020;
  • 45-65 per cent reduction on 2005 levels by 2025;
  • 65-85 per cent reduction on 2005 levels by 2030; and
  • Zero net climate pollution by 2040-2050.

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Test 10. Be effective, durable, scalable and able to achieve the goal of reducing Australia’s climate pollution to net zero by 2050 at the latest?

Score

3 / 5

Comment

Commits to "support policies and programs that are effective, durable, scalable and able to achieve the goal of reducing Australia’s climate pollution to net zero by 2050 at the latest, including long-term market and/or regulatory mechanisms." Includes implementation of a national annual limit on carbon pollution, consistent with our national emissions reduction targets, to ensure emissions are falling year-on-year across the economy as a whole. Source


Test 11. Keep and adequately fund the independent Climate Change Authority, or similar independent authority that advises the government on climate change?

Score

1 / 1

Comment

Commits to keep and adequately fund the Climate Change Authority. Source


Test 12. Commit our fair share of funding – $550 million in 2016-17, growing to $1.6 billion by 2020 – to the Green Climate Fund?

Score

0 / 3

Comment

No policy found. 


Test 13. Provide a plan to phase out Australia’s coal-fired power stations, starting with the dirtiest, most inefficient and polluting power stations?

Score

4 / 5

Comment

"The Glenn Lazarus Team supports phased closure of Australia’s coal-fired power stations, starting with the dirtiest, oldest and least efficient." 

"The Glenn Lazarus Team supports development of the renewable industry to create sustainable jobs for Queenslanders, and the development of a plan for the phased closure of Australia’s dirty power stations, which includes a target for retirement by 2020, and full retirement of all other coal-burning power stations before 2035."  Source


Test 14. Ensure no new coal mines or coal mine extensions are approved.

Score

1 / 5

Comment

Supports “a ban on future CSG mining approvals, a ban on the approval and conduct of resource projects on or near agricultural and farming land, residential areas and fragile environmental areas and a ban to stop all fracking." Source


Test 15. Allocate funding for social and economic transition plans to retrain people who work in regions affected by the closure of coal operations, providing new opportunities for these communities?

Score

2 / 3

Comment

"A just transitions package must be developed to assist workers and communities impacted by the closure of coal-fired power stations. This should involve consultation with local communities who want a say in the future of their towns and regions."


Test 16. Introduce a federal plan to bolster mine rehabilitation securities from liable companies?

Score

1 / 1

Comment

The Glenn Lazarus Team has committed to support the establishment of a national inquiry into mine closure and rehabilitation practices and the adequacy and effectiveness of the current rehabilitation liability assessments and rehabilitation bond systems. It has also stated "there needs to be an evaluation of appropriate federal government responses through environmental and corporation law to ensure the full disclosure of financial liabilities for mine rehabilitation and the effectiveness of rehabilitation and closure regimes." Source


Test 17. Leverage investment and increase the amount of carbon securely stored in biodiverse natural landscapes in line with the goal of net zero carbon pollution by 2050?

Score

3 / 5

Comment

The Glenn Lazarus Team has committed to "supporting climate policies that leverage and diversify investment in the land sector and restore biodiversity. It has committed to support active investment by Government and appropriate policies that will enable farmers and landholders to access resources to manage carbon on their lands along with the co-benefits of supporting biodiversity. Land sector policies will be a key factor in achieving net zero pollution by 2040-50, and done right, will provide benefits to regional Australia, landholders and the environment."


Test 18. Maintain funding for the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility?

Score

0 / 1

Comment

No policy or commitment found. 


Test 19. Introduce a national strategy and standards for sustainable and resilient cities and urban centres?

Score

2 / 3

Comment

"The Glenn Lazarus Team supports introduction of a national strategy and standards for sustainable and resilient cities and urban centres including requirements for green space, tree cover, building standards, sustainable transport accessibility, and support for state and local government adaptation strategies. Every local community needs green spaces for sports, events and enjoyment." Source 


Test 20. Provide funding support for state and local government implementation of adaptation strategies?

Score

1 / 1

Comment

"With 89 per cent of Australians living in urban areas, the Australian Government must work with state and local governments to deliver regional and local government adaptation strategies and ensure they are implemented effectively. This must involve the commitment of dedicated funding and resources from the Federal Government to ensure communities are effectively prepared for extreme temperatures." Source


Test 21. Provide an effective national system of nature protection laws to protect and improve the health of Australia’s air, land, water and biodiversity by December 2018?

Score

3.5 / 5

Comment

The Glenn Lazarus Team has committed to "the reform of federal environment laws to make sure the federal government has the power, resources and capabilities to effectively protect our communities, environment and biodiversity and regulate activities that undermine Australia’s efforts to tackle global warming, stop species extinction and protect our water resources." The party has stated "Our national environment laws need to be strengthened and improved, not weakened and degraded. Developing a robust set of national laws and programs is a critical step to safeguarding our future." Source 


Test 22. Expand Australian government oversight of climate issues, water resources, native vegetation and reserves within 12 months of taking office?

Score

2 / 3

Comment

The Glenn Lazarus Team has committed to "the reform of federal environment laws to make sure the federal government has the power, resources and capabilities to effectively protect our communities, environment and biodiversity and regulate activities that undermine Australia’s efforts to tackle global warming, stop species extinction and protect our water resources." The party has stated "Our national environment laws need to be strengthened and improved, not weakened and degraded. Developing a robust set of national laws and programs is a critical step to safeguarding our future." Source


Test 23. Ensure the federal government has direct responsibility to regulate projects that impact on matters of national importance?

Score

3 / 3

Comment

Glenn Lazarus opposed One Stop Shop in previous Parliament. Currently supports retention of federal oversight on matters of national environmental significance. Source 


Test 24. Establish and adequately resource an independent statutory authority to administer our national environmental law by December 2018?

Score

3 / 3

Comment

"The Glenn Lazarus Team calls for an independent and adequately resourced statutory authority to administer our national environmental laws. Such a body would increase transparency and depoliticise decision making. Australia needs an independent national environmental agency to administer national environment laws and coordinate national nature conservation strategies. This agency must be free from political interference and partisan decision making, be defined in law and have sufficient capacity, resources and systems to regulate, monitor and implement environmental legislation and conservation programs." Source


Test 25. Ensure greater public access and accountability under national environmental law, including open standing provisions and merits review of decisions within 12 months of taking office?

Score

1 / 1

Comment

Glenn Lazarus has opposed repeal of s.487 of the EPBC Act.

"The Glenn Lazarus Team supports reform to federal environment laws to ensure greater public access and accountability. Environmental laws should be strengthened to establish the right to review a decision on the basis of its merits and for legality. We should also establish third party enforcement rights to enable the community to hold decision-makers to account. By allowing open standing provisions we are improving the scope of administrative law because decision makers will be held to account by the community." 


Test 26. Commit $1 billion annually by 2018 in a National Environment Fund?

Score

5 / 5

Comment

Glenn Lazarus Team has committed to well designed and targeted programs that connect key biodiversity areas across the country. "This program would engage and empower local communities and partners to restore and protect critical habitats and implement recovery actions for our most threatened species. A National Environment Fund that scales up to $1 billion by 2018 will be needed to implement these programs at the scale necessary to effect meaningful change."


Test 27. Rule out logging, mining and other unsustainable land and sea uses in Australia’s World Heritage Areas?

Score

1 / 1

Comment

Glenn Lazarus Team has committed to opposing "mining, logging, and other incompatible activities in World Heritage areas. We must protect our assets to ensure we have jobs in the tourism industry which is the largest tertiary industry in Queensland." Source


Test 28. Introduce national policies and regulations to protect and restore ecosystems along the Great Dividing Range, including establishing the Great Forest National Park?

Score

0 / 3

Comment

No policy or commitment found.


Test 29. Create new tax incentives for the management and restoration of ecosystems on private land?

Score

1 / 1

Comment

Glenn Lazarus Team has committed to supporting improving our tax system to reward responsible landholders who protect and restore environmental values on their property for the benefit of all Australians. Source


Test 30. Increase funding for Indigenous Protected Areas, scaling up to $30 million per annum by 2020 as part of a National Environment Fund?

Score

1 / 1

Comment

The Glenn Lazarus team has committed to stable, long-term funding for the continued operation of Indigenous Protected Areas. Source


Test 31. Commit to supporting the employment of 5,000 Indigenous rangers by 2025?

Score

1 / 1

Comment

Glenn Lazarus Team has committed support to " an increase to federal funding for the highly successful Indigenous Ranger program
to achieve a target of 5,000 rangers by 2025 with long-term certainty of funding to 2030". Source


Test 32. Provide commitments to the expansion of sustainable tourism and renewable energy initiatives across northern Australia to benefit local communities?

Score

3 / 3

Comment

Glenn Lazarus Team has committed to ʺsupport[ing] using the $5 billion Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility to resource projects that will build an environmentally sustainable and more resilient economy for people living across the north. Boost high value nature and culture based tourism, and invest in a clean renewable energy future for northern Australia, beginning by building a network of large-scale solar farms." Source


Test 33. Deliver the commitments made under the Murray Darling Basin Plan on time and in full, including the delivery of outcomes equivalent to 3,200 gigalitres in environmental water?

Score

0 / 3

Comment

No policy or commitment found.


Test 34. Provide a plan to reward private landholders for managing floodplains to produce environmental benefits for the river system?

Score

0 / 1

Comment

No policy or commitment found.


Test 35. Adequately resource the Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder to build and deliver its critically important portfolio of environment water?

Score

0 / 3

Comment

No policy or commitment found.


Test 36. Support and fund a science-driven program to eradicate invasive European carp in the Murray-Darling Basin?

Score

1 / 1

Comment

Glenn Lazarus Team has committed to support a science led program to tackle invasive European carp and investigate action to look at redundant infrastructure that inhibits the movement of native fish. Source


Test 37. Revitalise national water reform in Australia and set out a road-map for the recognition of Indigenous water rights?

Score

1 / 1

Comment

Glenn Lazarus Teams has stated "Australia needs to initiate national water reform during the next term of Parliament to promote healthy catchments and make sure we do not repeat the mistakes of the past in the over-allocation of surface and ground water. This process should include:

  • A national process to assess and approve catchment water resource plans, especially in Northern Australia, to ensure there is equitable access to water resources across different users; and
  • Develop and implement a formal road-map for the recognition of equitable water rights for Indigenous communities across Australia."

Test 38. Introduce a well-resourced and complete system of annual national and regional environmental accounts by 2019?

Score

1 / 1

Comment

The Glenn Lazarus Team supports a comprehensive system of annual national and regional environmental accounts being introduced by the Australian government.


Test 39. Expand the mandate of the Productivity Commission to explicitly include environmental issues?

Score

1 / 1

Comment

The Glenn Lazarus Team has committed support for "Expand[ing] the mandate of the Productivity Commission to explicitly include environmental issues." Source


Test 40. Introduce transparent and independent analysis of the social, economic and environmental costs and benefits of all major projects by 2017?

Score

1 / 1

Comment

Has committed to "support the independent review of all major projects for their social, environmental and economic costs and benefits". Source

 

 

How did we calculate these scores?

We measured the policies of each party against 40 tests set out in ACF’s National Agenda 2016. The tests are grouped under three broad headings: clean energy, cutting pollution and protecting nature. Together, these are the policy commitments we believe are required to protect people rivers, reefs, forests and wildlife for future generations.

We have ranked the 40 tests into three categories: critical issues (worth 5 marks), priority issues (worth 3 marks) and important issues (worth 1 mark). For each policy offering, we decide how many of the total available marks to award on the basis of how completely the policy fulfils our test. In some cases, such as where a policy unwinds existing environmental protection, we award negative marks. The total score out of 100 is our assessment of the strength of the party’s overall policy offering as it relates to the issues in ACF’s National Agenda. In the case of the minor parties on our scorecard, we haven taken into account their lesser relative capacity and have looked for strong in-principle commitments to deliver the policies our tests require, rather than detailed policy design. We have not assessed policy which falls outside our agenda.