Coalition welcomes #climate change reform

Posted on May 9, 2012

ENVIRONMENT and Climate Change Minister Ryan Smith welcomed last week’s bipartisan agreement from the COAG Select Council on Climate Change for a national approach to reforming climate change policies and programs.

Mr Smith said the agreement to “fast track a rationalisation of programs that are not complementary to a carbon price or are ineffective, inefficient or impose duplicative reporting requirements” vindicated the Victorian Coalition Government’s decision to repeal a 20 per cent emissions reduction target for a 5 per cent national target.

In March Mr Smith released the findings of an independent review which was triggered by the introduction of legislation for the Federal Government’s carbon tax/emissions trading scheme package.

Mr Smith said the Victorian Climate Change Act was introduced at a time when there was no national mechanism in place to deal with carbon emissions, after the failure of the Federal Government’s Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme, and the passing of the carbon tax/ETS legislation rendered the Victorian Climate Change Act as a duplication of efforts.

The Review “found no compelling case to maintain the (Victorian) target” when a national scheme was in place, and cited evidence that a State-based target would:

not drive any additional national abatement; distort the national scheme; and lead to Victoria effectively cross-subsidising emissions abatement in other states at additional cost to Victorians. “That report highlighted the problems of retaining a 20 per cent State target when there has been bipartisan support for a 5 per cent national target, and today’s agreement of the COAG Select Council on Climate Change shows that all parties, including Labor and the Greens, support the reasons behind the Victorian Government’s decision to adopt a 5 per cent national target,” Mr Smith said. “Today we saw state and Federal Labor governments agreeing with efforts to end costly duplication of programs. This demonstrates Labor in Victoria is at odds with its counterparts interstate.“Victoria will do its fair share towards reducing Australia’s overall greenhouse gas emissions with practical measures to achieve this, such as improving energy efficiency. "Reducing duplication is important to reduce costs on families and businesses,” Mr Smith source

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