Tasmania as a leader in addressing climate change

Labor is committed to leveraging the significant scientific expertise that exists in Tasmania to make our state the national leader in climate research. To do that, we need buy-in from the Federal Government. We will work with the Commonwealth to ensure existing science and research capability is strengthened.

Labor supports the establishment of a National Climate Science Centre in Hobart to retain our climate experts in the wake of the cuts to the CSIRO.

Climate Futures for Tasmania (CFT), produced by Antarctic Climate & Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre (ACE CRC) remains one of the most important pieces of localised climate research.

CFT modelling provides an understanding of how the Tasmanian climate is likely to change between now and 2100. In addition to general data there is specific information for agriculture, coastal impacts and water and catchments.

Given the advances in supercomputer generation and the length of time since Climate Futures was originally published between 2010 and 2012, Labor believes that it is timely for a new phase of Climate Futures for Tasmania to be conducted.

We have allocated $750,000 over the first three years of a Labor Government to undertake an updated State of the Environment Report and CFT modelling.

Securing Tasmania’s share of space investment

Labor also believes that there are opportunities for Tasmania through the Australian Government commitment to establish a Space Agency.

With the work of University of Tasmania Very Long Baseline Interferometry scientists able to map Australia down to centimetres already, we can expect to be able to use this research to understand, adapt and mitigate the impacts of climate change not just in Tasmania but across Australia.

A Labor Government will lobby strongly for funding to be spent in Tasmania and capitalise on our significant scientific expertise.

We will resource the Department of Economic Growth and Regional Development to present to the world a coordinated and supported approach to space research and development.

The Department will be guided by an advisory board drawn from industry, academia, the State Service and a permanent representative from the University of Tasmania in recognition of its undisputed leadership and expertise in the sector.

Cost: $200,000