Urgent climate action led by facts, not politics
This is the critical decade for climate action. The decisions made in the next three years will fundamentally affect our children’s and their children’s future.
Kylea has committed to working towards:
- A clear and actionable plan to reduce national emissions guided by experts to achieve at least 60% by 2030.
- Removing the politics from the climate debate by introducing an independent climate change body to develop an evidence-based plan to achieve net zero by 2040.
- Active collaboration with local councils and state government to make the federal seat of North Sydney one of the first Net Zero Urban Energy Zones in Australia, as we transition to a fully electrified community as quickly as possible (target date 2035).
- Improved fuel emission standards and initiatives that increase the rate of adoption of electric vehicles across Australia.
- The gradual and planned removal of subsidies for coal and gas, with no new coal and gas extraction projects.
- Protecting and enhancing our green corridors that are fundamental to the nature of our community and ensuring that any infrastructure projects undertaken in our electorate provide solutions for the next century, including:
- demanding transparency from the Prime Minister on commitments related to the Western Harbour Tunnel and Beaches Link.
- calling for a suspension of any further work until key stakeholders (including local councils and resident groups) are satisfied that all alternatives have been fully explored and concerns addressed and mitigated.
So far, North Sydney has achieved:
- Successful amendment of the Safeguard Mechanism to prevent new or expanding fossil fuel projects from accessing government funding to pursue abatement.
- Introduction of the private members bill, 'Fuel and Vehicle Standards Legislation Amendment (Reducing Vehicle Pollution) Bill 2022', to improve fuel efficiency of cars in Australia and reduce fuel costs.
- Advocacy for a levy on the production and consumption of single use plastic items made from virgin plastic.
- Government assurance there would be no federal funding for the Western Harbour Tunnel or Northern Beaches Link.
- The inaugural Clean Energy Community Fair, with over 30 stalls run by vendors, service providers and councils offering to help households and businesses reduce their reliance on fossil fuels.
- Launch of 'Powering to Net Zero Energy', a guide to government incentives to help electrify homes and businesses in North Sydney.
- Continue to work on vehicles emissions and fuel standards as a first meaningful step to cleaner air.
- Continue working with advocacy groups and businesses on the plastics and recycling industry.
- Advocate for stronger policy action consistent with the Samuels Review of the EPBC Act.
LATEST NEWS AND EVENTS
MP calls for new federal ‘office of electrification’ to encourage Australians to ditch gas
Daily Telegraph, 27 October 2023
Kylea is calling for the federal government to establish a new “office of electrification” in a push to encourage Australians to ditch the use of gas in private homes.
Teal MPs call for national road-user charges after high court shuts down Victoria’s EV tax
The Guardian, 20 October 2023
Kylea and her fellow crossbenchers have called for road use charges to apply fairly to all vehicles, with a nationally consistent scheme that does not target EVs.
Reducing Power Bills for Renters
Kylea has signed a crossbench joint letter calling for the Government to implement policies to help renters access renewables and more energy-efficient appliances.
The $50m idea that could save renters on energy bills
Sydney Morning Herald, 4 October 2023
Kylea and her fellow crossbenchers are advocating for a tax concession for landlords to encourage the electrification of rental properties, saving tenants up to $1594 a year.
Submission in Support of Residential Electrification
Kylea has made a submission to the Senate Economics References Committee, supporting the acceleration of residential electrification.