The minister in charge of the government’s climate policy fronted the National Press Club on Wednesday, where he revealed his trip to Torres Strait.
“We heard it directly from them… but I want to go see it. I want to walk with them through their land and hear it from them.”
This included warnings of the threat posed by rising sea levels, coastal flooding, erosion and investment in infrastructure such as sea defenses in response to these challenges.
There are concerns that the Torres Strait Islands are on the front lines of the threat of climate change. Source: Shutterstock
Bowen said he felt it was “important” for him to visit the region to hear from the community and how the government could help them respond to these challenges.
Mr Bowen was also asked by australiabusinessblog News about his intended answer – what he intended to offer the people of the Torres Strait, what the infrastructure costs would be and how he expected the islands to change over the next ten years.
“I’m going as a sign of respect to listen to them.”
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“It will be consistent with our emissions reduction targets and it will support new technologies, new generation and storage.”
Improvements to Australia’s transmission grid could start without legislation and he said the government’s plan would help get renewable energy everywhere in the country where it’s needed.