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The Guardian

The minister for climate change, Chris Bowen, is under intensifying pressure to beef up the government’s proposed legislation enshrining emissions reduction targets, with the Greens and some independents declaring the current commitments inadequate.

Bowen met on Thursday with climate focused independent MPs and representatives from the Greens to share a draft of the bill he will introduce during the first sitting week of the new parliament. He has invited MPs and senators to suggest amendments or ideas over the coming days.

Kylea Tink, who won the Liberal-held seat of North Sydney, echoed Steggall’s view about the dangers of rushing legislation. She said voters were sick of climate policy being a political football.

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