Climate's right for change to carbon debateUnited States
Greens MP Adam Bandt and the independents who threw their lot in with Labor have made it clear they would like to see the Federal Government take action to address climate change.
In its negotiations to form government, Labor agreed to convene a climate change committee made up of MPs and experts that would work towards putting a price on carbon.
The Climate Institute says it is hopeful the new Government will act more promptly and decisively than the previous Labor government, but a mining industry body says it is reserving judgment.
The independents who sided with Labor and Mr Bandt made it clear shortly after polling day that they want something done about climate change.
"I support the precautionary principle and whether it applies to a market or not, or is carbon tax or whatever else, but if the climate scientists are in fact right and we do nothing, what have we done to future generations?" independent MP Tony Windsor said.
When Mr Bandt agreed to support Labor, the parties signed a deal on climate change, but it is not one that forces Prime Minister Julia Gillard's hand.
Labor and the Greens agreed to what they described as a well-resourced climate change committee made up of members from several parties who agree on imposing a carbon price.
The structure of the committee is to be finalised by the end of the month.
John Connor from the Climate Institute says it is a big step forward.
"I think it is very possible that we will get a price tag and limit on pollution here in Australia in the next couple of years," he said.
"I think it is in everyone's interest if we get on with that and do that as early as we can in this Parliament so people can understand the world won't end, and in fact opportunities will arise and come as a consequence of that action."
Mr Connor says the election outcome should serve as a warning to Labor and the Coalition that the electorate wants action.
"One of the best outcomes of the election was that neither of them got a mandate for what really weren't credible plans on pollution and climate change," he said.
"Clearly it is one of the key issues in which once again the Coalition has failed to get elected. It affected them badly obviously in 2007 and was one of the key issues when it came to the clinches for these two independents."
Queensland Resources Council chief executive Michael Roche says it is likely a debate over the price on carbon will feature prominently in Parliament over the next few years.
He says the mining industry does not object to a carbon price in principle, but the devil is in the details.
"What we need to take stock of though is the mistakes made with the CPRS (Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme), where we tried to get ahead of the rest of the world and foist on the biggest wealth generator in the country, the resources sector, what was effectively a tax on investment and jobs," he said.
"If we can learn from those mistakes, then we can get there and get there with a community consensus."
The Greens have made it clear they favour a carbon tax over an emissions trading scheme. They will hold the balance of power in the Senate from next July and have a member in the Lower House.
Mr Roche says there is "a place for a good debate around what is the best market-based measure for generating a carbon price".
"It sounds like there will be this broader climate change committee process for all parties and hopefully some of those ideas can be kicked around there," he said.
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