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Liberal MP says Australia’s part in Paris climate pact may change if US quit

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Coalition frontbencher Zed Seselja said Australia’s greenhouse gas reductions were ‘strong’ and Canberra was ‘doing more than our share, in my opinion’. Photograph: Lukas Coch/AAP

Zed Seselja says Turnbull government committed to climate change agreement, but if the US pulls out, it would put a question mark over the deal

May 8, 2017 — A leading government conservative has put a question mark over Australia’s continued participation in the Paris climate agreement in the event Donald Trump decides the United States will pull out. Continue reading Liberal MP says Australia’s part in Paris climate pact may change if US quit

Cuts to marine reserves would deliver ‘minuscule’ economic benefits

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Sharks feed at Osprey Reef in the Coral Sea. The Ocean Science Council of Australia is calling on the government to extend marine protections. Photograph: James Woodford for the Guardian

Analysis of government review shows destructive fishing practices would rise and very few fishers would benefit

October 30, 2016 — Proposals to allow increased fishing in Australian waters would generate minuscule economic benefits to only a handful of licence holders, according to a new analysis.  Continue reading Cuts to marine reserves would deliver ‘minuscule’ economic benefits

Cuts to renewables agency will hurt Australia’s global R&D ranking

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The only time Australia’s research and development for renewables outstripped that for fossil fuels was when the Australian Renewable Energy Agency began making grants to renewables in 2013 an Australia Institute report says. Photograph: Shepic/Alamy Stock Photo

Australia had been a big investor in fossil fuels and a low one in renewables, according to International Energy Agency data, but Arena grants changed that

September 11, 2016 — Australia has consistently led the world with its funding of fossil fuel research and consistently lagged other nations when it comes to developing renewable energy, according analysis by the Australia Institute.  Continue reading Cuts to renewables agency will hurt Australia’s global R&D ranking

Essential poll shows Labor maintains a 52-48, two-party preferred lead

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Labor’s four-point lead in the polls is the same as last week. Photograph: Bloomberg/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The poll shows 57% support for Labor’s carbon emissions policy and 43% of voters in favor of negative gearing

May 3, 2016 — Labor has maintained a 52-48, two-party preferred lead in the latest Essential poll, and also received majority support for its carbon policy. Continue reading Essential poll shows Labor maintains a 52-48, two-party preferred lead

Turnbull warns Labor’s emissions trading schemes will destroy jobs

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Malcolm Turnbull says Labor’s proposed emissions trading schemes would ‘double the burden on Australia, relative to other countries’. Photograph: Stefan Postles/Getty Images

Prime minister criticises Labor’s plan, claiming it will raise energy prices, be an ‘economic handbrake’ and do little to combat climate change

April 27, 2016 — Malcolm Turnbull has criticised Labor’s plan to reintroduce an emissions trading scheme, warning it would be a “jobs-destroying” measure, a handbrake on the economy, lead to Continue reading Turnbull warns Labor’s emissions trading schemes will destroy jobs

Business council praises Labor’s ‘bridge’ to emissions trading scheme

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The Business Council of Australia had previously lobbied against a carbon tax, but on Wednesday the chief executive called for ‘Australia to begin the careful transformation of our economy if we are to achieve our lower emission future’. Photograph: Mick Tsikas/Reuters

Surprise praise from business lobby group centres on ALP climate policy’s potential to become bipartisan, despite Coalition criticism

April 27, 2016 — Labor’s climate policy has won unexpected praise from the Business Council of Australia’s chief executive, Jennifer Westacott, who said the plan could provide a platform for Continue reading Business council praises Labor’s ‘bridge’ to emissions trading scheme

Why Coalition climate scare campaign is not credible

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Malcolm Turnbull at a building site near Brisbane on Wednesday. The prime minister has gone on the attack since Labor released its climate policy. Photograph: Glenn Hunt/AAP

Malcolm Turnbull is attempting to discredit Labor’s new emissions plan. Here are six reasons the government’s campaign is wrong

April 27, 2016 — 1. The prime minister says that by promising to cut emissions by 45% by 2030, rather than 26% to 28% (as the government has pledged) Labor is “doubling the burden” on Australians. But modelling commissioned by the Coalition from Continue reading Why Coalition climate scare campaign is not credible