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Dear Premier Mark McGowan, Treasurer Ben Wyatt, and Minister for Environment Stephen Dawson,
We write to you as you prepare one of the most important State Budgets in recent history.
The impact of the coronavirus pandemic on Western Australia is expected to put as many as 140,000 Western Australians out of work and a national recession is almost certain.1
Around the world, we are seeing governments designing some of the biggest economic stimulus packages seen in peacetime in response to the health and economic impacts from COVID-19.
We commend your response to the COVID-19 crisis so far.
As we move from the health and economic crisis phase into one of economic stimulus and recovery, we encourage you to address the health, economy, and climate crisis together.
We strongly advocate that any COVID-19 stimulus and recovery package should include measures that can both quickly stimulate job creation and economic recovery and align with our commitment to net-zero by 2050.
The World Resources Institute5 is one of many expert bodies advocating for a global ‘build back better’ response, highlighting opportunities for “shovel-ready,” job-creating, high-efficiency, low-carbon infrastructure. We echo this approach.
There is compelling evidence that low carbon stimulus measures will maximize the chance of a strong recovery, including lessons from previous economic stimulus packages.
Research by Clean State demonstrates far more jobs are created in low carbon industries than conventional or fossil fuel-based areas for the same amount invested (Figure 1).
According to the World Resources Institute, in response to the Global Financial Crisis of 2009, South Korea allocated 80% of its stimulus package ($31 billion) to ‘green’ measures which created 960,000 jobs and resulted in a much faster rebound than the OECD average, with 2.8% GDP growth reported in just three quarters. Both Korea and the EU have already announced a green post-coronavirus recovery.
Western Australia is uniquely vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, yet also in one of the best positions in the world to contribute to mitigation and adaptation efforts.
Through taking action on climate change we can deliver thousands of sustainable jobs in clean industries for Western Australia. And the good news is that West Australians already have the skills, expertise, and resources to make it happen.
We can rebuild and renew our economy by prioritizing jobs and packages consistent with a zero-carbon future.
This is our opportunity to stimulate and reboot our economy, accelerate climate action and help vulnerable households as we’re rebuilding a more robust & resilient state.
West Australians know that our future lies in clean jobs not polluting industries like fossil gas and the time has come for a jobs recovery plan that takes care of people and the planet.
On behalf of thousands of our members and supporters we urge you to include the following priorities in your 2020-21 Budget and in all longer-term stimulus and recovery plans:
If our response uses this once in a lifetime opportunity to tackle the health, economic and climate crisis together, we can kickstart WA’s economy with thousands of clean jobs that take care of families and our climate.
Join with businesses and civil society groups from across Western Australia in supporting this letter's call for the 2020-21 WA State Budget to prioritize jobs and packages consistent with a zero-carbon future.