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Australia Tables Carbon Law, Needs Non-Labor Senators' Support

Source:  Copyright 2009, Bloomberg
Date:  May 15, 2009
Byline:  Gemma Daley
Original URL: Status ONLINE

Australia’s government introduced into parliament its 600-page draft carbon pollution reduction scheme, needing support from Senators outside the ruling Labor Party to get the legislation passed.

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s “government accepts the science on the issue of climate change -- increasing concentrations of carbon pollution in our atmosphere are causing global warming,” Parliamentary Secretary for Climate Change Greg Combet told lawmakers in Canberra today.

The government, which controls the lower house of parliament, must win support from seven opposition or minor party Senators to pass the proposals. While no vote is scheduled, the Senate will discuss the laws later today.

The world’s biggest coal exporter will cut emissions by between five and 15 percent of 2000 levels by 2020 and pursue a 25 percent reduction if a global agreement is reached, the draft legislation shows. A carbon emissions trading system will start in 2011, with ...

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