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That the Government continue to prepare a plan for mitigating and adapting to climate change, and that the Act is amended to make the Climate Change Action Plan (CCAP) a statutory requirement.
The CCAP should include a clear timeframe for preparation, implementation and evaluation that, wherever possible, follows the four-yearly parliamentary terms and legislative review cycle under the Act.
In developing the CCAP, the State should take account of the:
The Independent Review recommends that the Act is amended to make a climate change action plan a statutory requirement. Further, the Independent Review notes that a clear timeframe for preparation, implementation and evaluation should be linked to the action plan, and that it should ideally follow a four-yearly parliamentary cycle and the legislative review cycle under the Act.
The Tasmanian Government supports amending the Act to make climate change action plans a statutory requirement. To address climate change effectively, a clearly-defined framework for action on emissions reduction and adaptation is desirable. Action plans provide a clear direction for action and their development encourages input from local government, industry and the community.
Preparing regular action plans can support evaluation, learning and improvement, and allow the Tasmanian Government to continue to respond to key risks and opportunities from climate change. This aligns with the intent of the adaptive management framework proposed by Jacobs in the Independent Review.
Linking the preparation of the action plan to the electoral cycle could prove difficult in practice. Under section 23 of the Constitution Act 1934, the Tasmanian House of Assembly expires every four years from an election. A four-yearly electoral cycle is not always guaranteed and could impede the ability to fully implement an action plan.
The Tasmanian Government gives in-principle support to this recommendation, recognising the need to give further consideration to how this recommendation could work in practice.