Coalition and Katter inch up climate policy rating, Wilkie leap frogs ALP Media Release

Aug 26, 2013 - 1:00pm

On the back of support for a national climate risk research centre, the Coalition has inched forward, while Andrew Wilkie has jumped ahead of the ALP in the latest update of The Climate Institute’s Pollute-o-meter 2013 policy assessment of significant parties and Independents.

“Climate and carbon policy has flared occasionally into this election campaign but policy movement has been mostly glacial,” said John Connor, CEO, The Climate Institute.

“In the last week we have received greater detail from Andrew Wilkie and Bob Katter’s party and there was a welcome announcement from the Coalition over the weekend, which has marginally improved their position to a nevertheless still disappointing one and a half star out of five.”

As in previous elections*, The Climate Institute has translated the analysis behind parties’ policies into an easy to use, interactive online tool that ranks their performance on a star system. It can be found at www.2013pollute-o-meter.org.au. This includes the separate quantitative analysis for both ALP and the Coalition.  

Since the release of the Institute’s initial assessment of the parties’ policies, the star rating or policy changes of the parties and independents have been:

  • The Coalition – moved from 1 to 1.5/5 stars. This is driven by announced funding for the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility, which helps the coordination and public sharing of adaptation research to help better manage climate impact risks.
  • Andrew Wilkie – moved from 1.5 to 3.5/5 stars. Wilkie has published a more comprehensive policy including: 60 per cent reduction target by 2030; support for ratification of Australia’s second Kyoto target; an ongoing minimum carbon price in line with current levels; a 30 per cent by 2020 renewable energy target, and; a requirement for future government projects to be planned to comply with credible climate risk scenarios and for government agencies to regularly report on their preparations for extreme climate events.
  • Australian Katter Party –no longer sits at zero stars due to its support for extending the Renewable Energy Target. However, the lack of broader policy has it below 0.5/5 stars.
  • The ALP - made the welcome announcement that they would ratify Australia’s second Kyoto target next year. While this improved their rating in the ‘cutting carbon emissions’ section, in isolation of stronger policies elsewhere, their overall score remains 2.5/5 stars.  
  • Senator Nick Xenophon and the Democratic Labor Party still languish between 0 and 0.5/5 stars.

The Climate Institute will release its final assessment of the parties and independent policies late next week. For further detail on the policy tests on which the analysis is based, see the Institute’s policy brief Managing the Unavoidable while Avoiding the Unmanageable.

For more information    
Kristina Stefanova | Communications Director, The Climate Institute | 02 8239 6299
John Connor | CEO, The Climate Institute | 02 8239 6299

* At the 2010 election neither of the major parties were remotely passable with the ALP on 1 and a half stars, to the Coalition’s half a star out of 5. On the 2010 Pollute-o-meter abatement test the Coalition were better than the ALP, but both policy sets led to 2020 increases, not reductions, of greenhouse gas emissions of 8 and 19 per cent respectively.
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