Climate change is being buried this election. We asked scientists to rate the major parties’ policies

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You’d think the government and opposition would be keen to focus on the number-one issue for voters this election campaign.

Yet if 2019 was the climate change election, 2022 is shaping up to be the don’t-talk-about-climate-change election.

Despite climate change topping voters’ (29 per cent) list of concerns, both the Labor Party and LNP have been avoiding it like the plague.

While that might suit them — given the perceived divisiveness of the issue among some of their prospective supporter bases — it leaves many climate-concerned voters with very little to go on.

So, we’ve asked some Australian climate scientists, all of them IPCC-contributing authors, to take a look at the climate policies of the Coalition, Labor and the Greens, and give you a breakdown of how each major party’s climate policies stack up.

The scientists

  • Peter Newman — professor of sustainability with the Curtin University Sustainability Policy Institute.
  • Lesley Hughes — professor of biology at Macquarie University, board director with the Climate Council.
  • Nerilie Abram — professor of climate science and associate director (research) at the Australian National University.
  • Andy Pitman — professor and director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes at UNSW.

Responses have been trimmed for brevity, and omitted where they have doubled up.

The policies

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