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Greens’ Tim Read pushes bill to ban Victorians from having gas cooktops, heaters

Push to ban millions of Australians from having gas hobs and heaters in their homes – despite the frigid winter

  • Greens want to ban Australians from installing gas appliances in new homes
  • They have a bill for the Victorian Parliament to remove the gas hookup rule
  • Tim Read, the Greens MP for Brunswick in Melbourne, wants gas-free Victoria

Australians would be banned from installing a natural gas hob and heaters in their homes if the Greens had their way.

The far-left party – which Australians voted for in record numbers in federal elections – has introduced a bill to prevent new homes in Victoria from being connected to gas.

Tim Read, the Greens member Brunswick in inland Melbourne, wants his state to go gas-free.

“It’s ridiculous that Victorian laws are forcing new homes to run on gas when we know how expensive, polluting and unhealthy it is,” said Dr Read.

“Cities and countries around the world are going gas-free, but Victoria is lagging behind, forcing homes to run on gas.”

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Tim Read (center), Greens member Brunswick in Melbourne's gentrified inner north, wants his state to go gas-free

Tim Read (center), Greens member Brunswick in Melbourne’s gentrified inner north, wants his state to go gas-free

The zoning and environmental amendment bill will be introduced on Tuesday in Victoria’s upper house, which would eliminate the existing planning requirement for homes to connect to the gas network.

New gas connections will also be banned completely from 2025, with the bill coinciding with the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year.

The push is coming despite wholesale electricity prices doubling and hurting consumers this winter with faltering coal plants and large-scale renewables not yet properly connected to the national grid.

The Greens are far from the only climate activists campaigning to phase out natural gas in the home.

Engineer and author Saul Griffith told ABC’s Q&A program Thursday night that gas is toxic to children.

“Let’s prove to Australia that we can lead the world a mile in this transition,” said Dr. Griffith.

“We can lower energy bills, improve quality of life, improve air quality in the house, because the natural gas you burn in the house is poisoning your children.”

A Climate Council report released last year linked gas hobs to higher asthma rates in children.

dr. Kate Charlesworth, a co-author of that report, said gas cooking was responsible for up to 12 percent of childhood asthma cases.

Australians would be banned from installing a natural gas hob and heaters in their homes if the Greens had their way (pictured is a protest sign in Melbourne)

Australians would be banned from installing a natural gas hob and heaters in their homes if the Greens had their way (pictured is a protest sign in Melbourne)

Climate council calls for a ban on home gas

Climate Council wants state governments to phase out natural gas connections in new housing projects and allow municipalities to ban it in these locations

Breaking the gas habit: How gas is harmful Our health report compared gas in homes with children exposed to cigarette smoke

“A child who cooks on gas at home has a similar risk of asthma as a child who lives at home with cigarette smoke,” she said.

The Kicking the Gas Habit: How Gas Is Harming Our Health Report advised state governments to phase out gas connections in new residential areas and empower local councils to ban it in these locations.

“Remove all planning rules that require new residential areas to be connected to gas,” it said.

The Climate Council also said natural gas was a problem in the home, even with the windows open.

“Better ventilation, including modern exhaust fans over stoves, flues for gas stoves, and other safety measures, such as ensuring appliances are properly maintained or opening windows, can reduce, but not eliminate, these risks,” it said.

A recent Victorian Parliamentary inquiry found that gas used for cooking, heating and industrial processes is a major source of carbon emissions in the state.

The investigative report, submitted to parliament last month, suggested the government would consider revising and abolishing regulations requiring gas connections for new buildings, and possibly introducing a moratorium on residential gas connections.

Australians would be banned from installing a natural gas hob and heaters in their homes if the Greens had their way (pictured is stock image)

Australians would be banned from installing a natural gas hob and heaters in their homes if the Greens had their way (pictured is stock image)

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