May 07, 2011 - 6:12pm
Over the coming months Australia’s political leaders have an opportunity to lay the policy foundations for a prosperous, fair and competitive low pollution economy. These policies should aim to:
- reduce our economy’s dependence on pollution
- ensure fair and inclusive action on climate change
- unlock new clean energy jobs and industries
- strengthen global action.
The SCCC supports the efforts of the Multi-Party Climate Change Committee to put a price-tag on pollution. With a strong and rising pollution price Australia can reduce emissions and remain competitive in the emerging global low pollution economy.
However, a price alone will not get the job done. A price on pollution will need to be supported by a set of complementary measures to ensure cost effective outcomes, develop clean industries and support households, workers and communities in the transition to a low pollution economy.
In this paper we present a policy platform for a low pollution economy. This includes our recommendations for a fair and effective price on pollution, along with priority complementary measures.