Catholic Earthcare backs Steggall bill

Bishop Vincent Long OFM Conv. with St Ignatius Riverview student Tom Sheridan (Caritas Australia/Koreen Cueto)

Catholic Earthcare Australia, an ecological agency established by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, has given “in principle” support to a private member’s bill on a national climate change framework.

Federal Member for Warringah Zali Steggall has signalled her intention to introduce a private member’s bill to Parliament to galvanise action around climate change.

Catholic Earthcare’s Director, Bernard Holland said that the successful passage of similar bills in Great Britain, Germany, France and New Zealand “showed us the way forward in difficult political times”.

The proposed bill, which is being drafted by the Office of Parliamentary Counsel, aims to set out a clear framework for national plans to be put in place and updated by the Australian Government, and for progress to be rigorously monitored and reported.

“According to Zali Steggall’s office, it is proposed that the bill will be submitted in March this year, at which time we will see the detail for further consideration and discernment,” Mr Holland said.

Bishop Vincent Long, chair of the Bishops Commission for Social Justice, Mission and Service, also gave “in principle” support for a national framework, saying, “given the nature of the proposal, it is very timely indeed.”

To play its part in helping protect the health of Earth, and its inhabitants, Catholic Earthcare Australia is mandated, through the activities of education, research and advocacy to give leadership in responding to St Pope John Paul II’s call to “stimulate and sustain the ecological conversion”.


Catholic Earthcare Australia supports proposed climate change bill (Catholic Earthcare)

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