Government should reveal own climate policy credibility before repeal Media Release

Oct 15, 2013 - 4:00pm

The Government should reveal the details of how its policies can achieve emission reduction targets before repealing the current carbon laws, which while not perfect, are already working towards achieving the targets, said The Climate Institute in response to the release of the draft Clean Energy Future repeal legislation. 

“The Government has won the right to bring forward this legislation but prior to repeal, the Parliament, the public and the international community should see greater detail on how Government policies achieve their commitments to achieve up to 25 per cent reductions by 2020,” said John Connor, CEO of The Climate Institute.

All independent analysis to date has shown that the Government’s policy to use tax payers’ dollars to reduce pollution will see emissions spiral up, not down.   

“Both before and after the election the Coalition repeated its commitment to achieve not just 5 per cent reductions of 2000 emission levels by 2020 but up to 25 per cent reductions based on conditions and assessment of international action,” said Connor. 

“There remains bipartisan agreement on the targets and conditions of adopting up to 25 per cent reductions and this remains the credibility test for strong and effective climate policy.” 

“The 25 per cent target is important because that is our fair share of serious action on climate change that gives us a chance of avoiding 2°C  warming and the serious climate impacts that will come with that. Both parties formally agree that avoiding two degrees is in our national interest. ” (See Related Content below for a graphic on impacts.)

Prior to the election The Climate Institute released a factsheet on the Coalition’s target commitments and, when asked on election day, polling found that more Australians were concerned about achieving a 25 per cent reduction (40 per cent) than repealing the carbon price (28 per cent). 

The research also challenged the claim that the election was a referendum on the carbon tax, with just 3 per cent of voters noting it as the dominant issue. 

“Australian Parliament needs to very carefully consider why it would allow Australia be the first country in the world to dismantle a carbon market, particularly when leading financial institutions such as the OECD, IMF and World Bank are strengthening their advice that carbon pricing is the cornerstone of effective climate policy,” concluded Connor.  

For more information    
Kristina Stefanova — Communications Director, The Climate Institute, 02 8239 6299  

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