Federal government in such a pre-election rush it did not consult with National Emissions Trading Taskforce on its post-APEC Bill
Posted by gmarkets on 20 September, 2007
The Federal government was in such a pre-election rush it had not consulted with the National Emissions Trading Taskforce, established by state governments, said Anthony Albanese, Member for Grayndler, Australian Labor Party, House of Representatives, Commonwealth, 17 September 2007 speaking to the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Bill 2007, (Second Reading). “Cobbled-together “mish-mash: Albanese said, “After 11 years of inaction and denial on climate change, the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Bill 2007 represents a hastily cobbled together attempt by the government to look as though it is doing something, just before the election is called”. The Bill was to establish:
• a single national framework for reporting greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumption and production by corporations by 1 July 2008;
• By the 2010-11 financial year the reporting framework will apply to approximately 700 companies that emit more than 500,000 tonnes.
Why no public consultation asks Albanese: Albanese said, “This bill has been developed…without appropriate consultation with state governments, industry bodies or environment groups. Given the importance the economic transformation to a carbon constrained economy will have for industry, it is extraordinary that there has not been proper consultation with them. And, given the importance of climate change as the moral challenge for our generation, it is extraordinary that there has not been proper consultation with environment groups”.
Reference: Anthony Albanese, Member for Grayndler, Australian Labor Party, House of Representatives, Commonwealth, 17 September 2007 (on the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Bill 2007, Second Reading).