Unity call on climate policy

FEDERAL politicians should get back to basics with a climate change policy that cuts greenhouse emissions but not jobs, the Queensland Resources Council says.

Chief executive Michael Roche said an effective climate change policy for Australia was too important for half-hearted political endorsement.

“Climate change action demands unified political support, nationally and internationally,” he said.

“We accept the science of climate change and we support an emissions trading scheme, but it must be one that actually cuts emissions, not jobs.”

Mr Roche said the QRC’s efforts to raise public awareness over deficiencies in the government’s preferred emissions trading scheme did not mean it was allied to climate ‘sceptics’ or ‘deniers’.

“The issue has never been about whether or not to take action against climate change,” he said.

“It has always been about carefully managing the transition until our competitors face similar carbon costs.

“For example, under the proposals rejected by the Senate, emissions and jobs from Queensland’s coal industry – the state’s leading export earner – were going to be exported to other coal-exporting nations whose governments were not proposing similar new carbon taxes.

“All the coal industry sought in amendments to the emissions trading scheme was equal treatment with comparable export industries.”

Mr Roche said the time was ripe for the political process to engage with electors.

“Our politicians need to explain what they are seeking to achieve, how they are going to go about it and what the consequences are for ordinary Australians,” Mr Roche said.



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