The Australian Federal Opposition has offered the Government support on tackling climate change provided that the Government agrees to certain policies.
The Opposition’s conditions include making sure that low-income families are protected from higher energy costs, protecting the world’s great rainforests and revising the renewable energy target to one which includes the effects of using low-emission fossil fuels.
The Opposition move followed the release of an interim report by Professor Garnaut which advocates a target of 60 percent greenhouse gas reduction by 2050 with an interim target for 2020 to be set this year The Report goes on to say that if, at any stage. other developed countries adopt a target which is higher than 60%, Australia should do do too. Professor Garnaut found that Australia has an "exceptional sensitivity to climate change" but also an "exceptional opportunity to do well in a world of effective global mitigation".