Albanese Government brings promise of stronger climate action

23 May 2022

The Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) congratulates Anthony Albanese and the Australian Labor Party for their victory in Saturday night’s historic federal election.

“This was the climate election and Australians have spoken,” says GBCA Chief Executive Davina Rooney.

“Labor took a commitment to stronger climate action to the election and we look forward to partnering with the Albanese Government to seize the opportunities on the road to net zero.

“The Green Building Council of Australia has enjoyed a very strong working relationship with Prime Minister Albanese and his colleagues over many years. In his former role as Minister for Cities, the Prime Minister was a vocal champion of liveable, productive and sustainable cities and understands the complex challenges facing the built environment.

“In his Budget Reply speech in March, Prime Minister Albanese promised his government would demonstrate leadership by reducing the Australian Public Service’s emissions to net zero by 2030, realise Australia’s potential as a renewable energy superpower and invest in affordable, sustainable housing.

“We look forward to working with the Albanese Government to translate these visionary policies and many more into real world outcomes.

“On behalf of the GBCA and our members, I thank ministers of the Morrison Government and outgoing Prime Minister Scott Morrison for their service over three very challenging years.

“While the final composition of the House of Representatives and Senate is not yet clear, a more politically-diverse Parliament will drive more nuanced conversations and cross-bench negotiation over the next few years. We are ready to play our role in these conversations.

“As a sector that remains responsible for nearly a quarter of our emissions, and which has the lowest-cost, least tapped opportunities, property is the right place to start taking action today,” Ms Rooney concludes.

Download GBCA’s Federal Election Policy Platform for more information on the GBCA’s immediate policy priorities for the incoming Albanese Government.