Update on the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme

18th October 2009

On Sunday, 18October, the Coalition held a party-room meeting to finalise their position on the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme (CPRS).   The outcome of the meeting was that the Leader of the Opposition, Malcolm Turnbull, secured support to negotiate amendments to the Government’s proposed emissions trading scheme.

While permission to negotiate was unanimous, it has been widely reported that a number of Coalition members would defy any agreement reached with the Government, regardless of how many amendments the Government accepts, and will vote against any scheme before the Copenhagen climate change conference in December.

The Coalition’s proposals were outlined in a media release from the Leader of the Opposition (available at http://www.liberal.org.au/news.php?Id=3975 ) on 18 October 2009. 

Key amendments

Trade Exposed Industries

Agriculture

Coal Mine Emissions

Lower Electricity Prices

Compensation for Electricity Generators

Energy Efficiency and Voluntary Action

The Minister for Climate Change, Senator Penny Wong, said in response to yesterday’s developments that the Government welcomed the Coalition’s proposals and was looking forward to receiving the amendments and holding negotiations ‘in good faith’.  She indicated that she would meet with the Shadow Minister for Climate Change, Ian Macfarlane, today (Monday 19 October) to discuss the timetable for the legislation. The Minister confirmed the CPRS legislation will be introduced into the House of Representatives on Thursday 22 October.

"We'll be introducing this legislation into the House on Thursday of this week. We propose to have it debated in the week thereafter and voted on in the week beginning November 16th and we'll be debating it in the Senate thereafter."

Senator Penny Wong, AM Radio, 19 October 2009

The final session of Parliament is from Monday 23 to Thursday 26 November, ten days before the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference from 7-8 December.

For further details about the CPRS see Hawker Britton’s Occasional Paper at http://www.hawkerbritton.com/hawker-britton-media/federal-act/climate-change-agenda.htm.

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