Senator BARTLETT (Queensland) (9.37 a.m.)—At the request of Senator Allison, I move:
That the Senate—
notes that California, Washington, Oregon, Arizona, New Mexico and British Columbia, as part of North America’s Western Climate Initiative, have:
agreed to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 15 per cent by 2020, and
committed to designing an emissions cap and trade scheme by August 2008;
congratulates the leaders of these states and this province for taking action rather than waiting for the federal administration to deal with this serious threat to the environment and economy of the United States of America; and
urges Australian state premiers to do likewise, but to aim for a 20 per cent reduction by 2020.