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Response to the Review: Recommendation 2

That the objects of the Act are consolidated around four themes, to provide clarity on the purpose for having the legislation and a robust framework for evaluating its effectiveness, namely:

  • Targets and reporting;
  • Actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions;
  • Adaptation to projected climate change; and
  • Complementarity with national and international climate change initiatives.

Response: Support

The Independent Review recommends that the objects of the Act are consolidated around four themes, to provide clarity on the purpose for having the Act.

The objects of an Act are designed to give a general understanding of the purposes of the legislation. In its current form, the Act has 10 objects. The Independent Review found that the 10 objects cover multiple themes and some themes are addressed in multiple objects, meaning that the purpose of the Act is not clearly articulated.

The Independent Review argues that by restructuring and simplifying the objects of the Act to focus on the four key themes outlined above, it will improve the rationale and narrative for action on climate change.

The Tasmanian Government supports this recommendation, including the four proposed themes for the objects.