PM, government urged to create climate change framework

Take action: Robert Lee, of Larras Lee near Molong believes the government need to create a framework that focuses on fixing climate change. Photo: Supplied.

Take action: Robert Lee, of Larras Lee near Molong believes the government need to create a framework that focuses on fixing climate change. Photo: Supplied.

A central west farmer is urging the government to take the next step in climate change action and set a framework that can be followed.

Robert Lee, of Larras Lee near Molong, said he knew nothing about the Prime Minister's visit to Orange last week, which was more about the drought and support for Council's, than on climate change

"The government has miraculously said that yes they accept the change in climate, (it) had an impact on the severity of the bushfires," he said.

"But once you've accepted that climate change is a reality, which all their policy documents say it is, well then you've got to take the next step and say 'these scientists for 30 years that this is going to be a problem, just are the consequences and what do we do?'"

"They've now got to take the next step and accept the implications of that science and the implications are that by 2050 it's going to be a whole lot worse."

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Mr Lee said the Prime Minister can't go out and fight a bushfire, but what the government can do is provide inspiration.

"The government's job is to set a framework.... within which the private sector can invest in renewable energy, set a process by which the coal industry can be wound down as quickly as possible and set a framework by which farmers can manage the droughts which are going to occur without having to put their hands out to government or charity handouts," he added.

"There's so many things that can be done and facilitated by government if they only pulled their finger out."