Liberals fail climate change responsibility test Wed 24 October 2012 Cassy O'Connor Minister for Climate Change The Minister for Climate Change, Cassy O'Connor, today condemned the Tasmanian Liberals for their refusal to accept the challenges the state's coastal communities face as a result of climate change. "Just this week, we have released sea level rise planning allowances and statewide coastal inundation mapping - valuable tools that will provide guidance for future development and ensure coastal communities are better equipped for potential sea level rises," Ms O'Connor said. "This important body of work utilizes the best available science to demonstrate that up to 980 houses could be permanently inundated as a result of sea level rise by 2100 - reinforcing the fact that climate change and its effects continue to pose significant challenges for future generations of Tasmanians. "We have a responsibility to bring down our greenhouse gas emissions but also to engage openly with coastal communities to address the adaptation challenges around sea level rise. "Today, the Tasmanian Liberals had the opportunity to both acknowledge the seriousness of this issue and demonstrate their commitment to working with coastal communities - but instead, they chose political points over a substantive debate. "The fact remains that the Shadow Minister for Climate Change, Matthew Groom, has failed to ask a single question of me or my predecessor in Parliament on this issue." Ms O'Connor said the Tasmanian Government recognised the issues associated with climate change and would continue to work with business, councils and the community on this issue. "The Greens and Labor are committed to working together to deliver a new, comprehensive statewide coastal framework, and if the Liberals had any sense beyond rhetoric they would get on board," she said.