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The Government’s plans for the Australian emissions trading scheme (AETS) will become clearer this week with the release of the green paper on Wednesday. Climate Change Minister, Penny Wong has emphasised that the paper is a discussion paper - a part of the public consultation process and not the Government’s final policy. The paper will detail whether plans will include petrol in the scheme and how households will be compensated. It will outline key design elements of the AETS including the requirement for around 1000 Australian companies, primarily the large polluters, to obtain carbon credits under the scheme.
Since the release of the Garnaut draft report into climate change, liberal leader Will Hodgman has said that climate change represents a range of opportunities for Tasmania. He said Tasmania has the expertise to become a hub for specialised global warming research. Premier David Bartlett said Professor Garnaut has assured him he will visit Tasmania after he releases his final report.
A three-year, $60 million program for the installation of solar panels in state schools in QLD has been promised by QLD premier Anna Bligh along with a commitment to protect more state rivers. Work will be done in conjunction with the solar industry to install solar panels on the roofs of all of Queensland’s 1251 state schools. Ms Bligh also announced the protection of three more remote rivers and has said that the scheme will eventually protect 19 water systems with the help of 20 Indigenous rangers.
The Greens are pushing for motorcyclists in New South Wales to be exempt from paying the same toll as those who drive cars, as an incentive for individuals to use this more environmentally friendly mode of transport. They say increasing petrol prices are pushing up motor bike sales, most notably in areas poorly serviced by public transport. The fact that motorbikes use less petrol and create fewer emissions in their production is part of the reasoning behind Greens MP Lee Rhiannon’s idea for lower motorbike tolls.
The NSW Government has been called upon by the Greens to put an end to the expansion of longwall coal mining under the Sydney water catchment - within 500 metres of the Cataract Dam near Wollongong by Indian-owned mining company, Gujurat NRE. It has been said by Greens MP Lee Rhiannon, that mining so close to the dam could cause the walls to crack and river beds to dry up. This could then lead to surface gas leaks with previous experience in the southern coal fields demonstrating dramatic cases where river beds have cracked.
Carbon emissions have been reduced thanks to a NSW State Government Scheme which allocates rebates for the installation of rainwater ranks, insulation and energy-efficient hot water systems in homes. The State Environment and Climate Change Minister has said that in the first 10 months of the Scheme, households had claimed 20,000 rebates with rainwater tank rebates being most popular and that people are increasingly concerned about the environment and are taking action to help reduce climate change.
Penny Wong, Climate Change and Water Minister has said the Federal Government as well as a committee of irrigators, corporations and environmentalists will review its $50 million water buy back from the Murray Darling Basin and the water purchasing process. According to the Minister, a stakeholder consultative committee will be set up to evaluate the outcomes of the water purchase.
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