The federal government is “very, very” confident that its climate bill listing a 43% emissions reduction target will pass the Senate.
The bill to lock that target, based on 2005 levels by 2030, onto a path to net zero emissions by 2050 passed the lower house on Thursday, 89 votes to 55 with Greens backing and independent deputies.
He is heading to the Senate where he will first go before a commission of inquiry, which will hear testimony on the impacts of the proposal.
The committee is due to report to parliament by the end of August before moving to a vote in the upper house.
The government needs the support of the 12 Green senators and an independent senator, probably David Pocock or Jacqui Lambie, to pass.
Climate Change and Energy Minister Chris Bowen said he had spoken to senators, crucial to the eventual vote.
“But I’m very, very confident that he will make it through to the Senate. Very, very confident,” he told Nine Network on Sunday.
“Australians would expect a government of adults to get to work and talk to people of goodwill to make sure we have a good, strong climate bill.”
National Opposition Leader David Littleproud said while the Coalition believed in cutting emissions, they did not believe legislation was needed to do so.
“Once you legislate, you pave the way for activists to weaponize it in court,” he told Nine.
“We’ve committed to getting to that net zero by 2050, but there’s no straight line and we have to be honest with people about how we’re getting there and who’s paying for it.”
The Coalition plans to update its reduction target beyond its commitment in government to a 26-28% reduction in emissions and is considering a policy of support for nuclear energy before the next election.