Commitment to tackling climate change welcomed Mon 7 May 2012 Cassy O'Connor Minister for Climate Change The Minister for Climate Change, Cassy O'Connor, has welcomed the leadership shown by the Commonwealth and some States and Territories at today's inaugural meeting of the COAG Select Council on Climate Change. Ms O'Connor said the Select Council was an important opportunity to work with all levels of Government across Australia. "We now have a formal body in place representing Local Government, State and Territory Governments and the Commonwealth to address the impacts of climate change and how we respond to protect our social, economic and environmental wellbeing into the future," she said. "This is an issue that should be above political point scoring and it's of utmost importance that we work together to agree on the roles and responsibilities at each level of Government in adapting to climate change. "Today we've seen the Council agree to seven national priorities for collaborative adaptation action - water resources, coasts, infrastructure, national ecosystems, agriculture, emergency management and vulnerable communities. "This is a critical time for action and the Select Council on Climate Change has a core responsibility to lead both mitigation and adaptation responses to climate change." "Climate change has no respect for jurisdictional boundaries or party politics. As Ministers in this space we owe it to our communities to think as Australians first and to tackle the big challenges in a meaningful, productive way." "Through our investment in programs encouraging energy efficiency, research and local adaptation to climate change and renewable energy, we have shown we are serious about reducing carbon emissions and adapting to climate change. "I will continue to work locally with my Cabinet colleagues and through this Select Council to ensure we make decisions that benefit Tasmanians now and for generations to come."