Managing the Unavoidable while Avoiding the Unmanageable Policy Brief

May 31, 2013 - 1:00am

Every Federal election, The Climate Institute undertakes a qualitative assessment of the climate change policy position of political parties and independents represented in the Parliament. The Institute bases this assessment on our analysis of what is required for Australia to contribute to effective global climate change solutions and build a prosperous, resilient economy and society.

This policy brief explains the rationale for our 2013 Federal election policy tests. This Federal election is critical to Australia’s economic and climate future. The next Government will determine whether Australia will:
  • Help or hinder global solutions to climate change.
  • Continue the historic decline in domestic emissions and accelerate low carbon investment.
  • Boost preparations for unavoidable extreme weather and other climate impacts.
Australia is faced with a challenge to manage the unavoidable and avoid the unmanageable. To be credible, let alone strong and effective, 2013 climate election policies will need to:
  1. Cut carbon pollution
  2. Accelerate low carbon investments
  3. Prepare for climate impacts
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