Petition: climate change

  • October 18, 2021

I have to say that in all my work as the member for North Sydney I’m constantly amazed and inspired by the knowledge and enthusiasm of young Australians on issues like protecting our environment. It’s a vast improvement from when I was at school, but it does remind me of the fact that the first political act that I undertook was, as an 11- or 12-year-old, to write to the then Labor Minister for Planning and Environment, the late Paul Landa, to call for an end to old-growth forest logging. But it has certainly become more sophisticated today.

Today I want to pay tribute to Alice Harrington, who lives just outside my electorate. Alice was motivated by her concerns about climate change to organise a petition which attracted 5,642 signatures, which I will present to the parliament today and which has been approved by the Petitions Committee. Alice is deeply passionate about climate change and the environment, but she also has been very novel in the way that she helped organise this petition. It snowballed, particularly through her use of TikTok to attract interest in the petition. I want to congratulate Alice and all of the other young people that helped by signing it. She’s a 15-year-old student. I know that her work has made her family very proud, including two constituents of mine, her grandparents Anne and David Roxborough. Thank you, Alice, for the work that you’re doing. You have every right to be concerned about the future of our environment and our planet, and your efforts will help achieve a better outcome. I am therefore pleased to present this petition.