Australian PM sets out concepts on climate change policy

09:20, July 08, 2010      

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Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard emphatically ruled out any kind of carbon price before 2012 as she prepares to release a new policy on climate change, local media reported on Thursday.

That means no Emission Trading Scheme (ETS), no carbon tax and no interim carbon levy until 2012.

According to Australian Associated Press (AAP), Gillard has already announced new approaches to the mining tax and to asylum seekers, and climate change is the next cab off the rank for a pre- election policy makeover.

Gillard made her strongest statements on the climate issue to date in an interview with ABC Television on Wednesday night.

Earlier this year, former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd delayed the ETS (also called the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme) from 2010 to at least 2013.

Gillard had previously noted the decision to delay the ETS and said she wanted to build a community consensus before implementing a carbon price, but made her views clearer on Wednesday.

Source: Xinhua


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