THE Australian Youth Climate Coalition (AYCC) has released its scorecard of New England candidates Barnaby Joyce and Tony Windsor, assessing what each would do to protect land and water from coal and gas, promote renewable energy, and act on climate change.
AYCC, a non-partisan organisation, independently reviewed the policy platforms of both candidates and scored them against how close they came to the organisation’s own policy goals.
New England AYCC member Sarita Perston said Mr Windsor came out on top of the assessment, while Mr Joyce’s policies left much to be desired.
“Our region is vulnerable to the impacts of climate change and coal and gas, but we also have great opportunities in renewable energy, so we wanted to show the community where Tony Windsor and Barnaby Joyce stand on these key issues,” Ms Perston said.
“Our region needs a representative who’s going to stand up for action on climate change and renewable energy, not someone who’s going to hold it back.
“It’s great to see some really clear commitments from Tony Windsor to taking action to protect our region’s land and water from coal and gas, as well as supporting renewable energy and taking action on climate change.
“Our community understands the importance of tackling climate change and we want the community to know their vote will make a difference for the climate this election.
Hopefully this scorecard helps raise awareness in the community of where Barnaby Joyce and Tony Windsor stand.”