Climate change

Energy

Country people know better than most about the impact of our changing climate.

Every day we see the impact of hotter and drier conditions in our communities. We know that in the years to come, these trends will worsen, making it harder to grow crops and sustain livestock.

In Indi, some projections show our spring rains could decline 35 per cent and, with more heatwaves and more intense bushfires, people’s health will also suffer.

The vast majority of Australians want the federal government to take more action to secure the future of regions, and to make the most of new opportunities.

I am working for sensible, practical action to grow our renewable energy industries that bring vital jobs and the cheapest form of electricity to our regions.

I am working to secure funding to expand Indi’s nation-leading community-owned renewable energy projects across regional Australia.

I will also work to advance the development of mini-grids in our towns to ensure people have access to cheaper and secure energy.

Jan 15, 2020: Grasping the bushfire challenge

Dec 19, 2019: Staying safe in high fire season

Oct 24, 2019: Climate petition makes history

 

Agriculture

Indi communities are particularly vulnerable to the impact of climate change. We’re experiencing extreme summer heat, less reliable autumn breaks, reduced winter and spring rainfall and drops in snow cover. We may well see the complete loss of the Victorian Alpine zone this century.

The 2009 Black Saturday fires which ravaged Indi’s Murrindindi, Indigo, Wangaratta and Alpine communities are still fresh in the memories of many people.

We urgently need more investment in research and development. Innovative policies will encourage and enable agriculture to adapt to a rapidly changing climate and identify and pursue new, profitable and sustainable opportunities.

I’m working to secure the development of a national plan to support Australia’s vital agriculture sector to give greater support for the development of new climate-resilient crops, and enable farmers easier access to funding for improving their soils through carbon farming.

As the world transitions to a less carbon-intensive economy, the opportunities for regional Australia are abundant. I am determined to deliver these benefits for our Indi communities.

Oct 16, 2019: Tim Fischer’s agricultural legacy

Oct 14, 2019: Our common ground

Sep 11, 2019: Farmers recognise climate change prospect

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May 16, 2020

One year on - doing politics differently

The Border Mail on May 15 explored five months of bushfire emergency and coronavirus impacts with the region’s federal MPs. May 18 was my election anniversary, and I’ve written about this first year.

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May 13, 2020

Thank you, petitioners

In Indi, trust matters. To more than 1800 people who put their names to a petition for a federal integrity commission that upholds the Beechworth Principles – thank you. I’m tabling your signatures today.

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April 7, 2020

Indi business impact survey

Please complete my business survey so I can understand the impact coronavirus (COVID-19) is having on your business and the additional support you need.

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