News | 5th Jun, 2010

Bill ‘fails to tackle carbon’

Saturday, 5 June 2010
Adam Morton, The Age

The Victorian government is under fire for proposing legislation to tackle climate change that does not include new steps to cut the state's greenhouse gas emissions.

Despite a state government pledge to introduce a ''landmark climate change bill'', The Age believes that a draft circulated at Spring Street this week includes only one new measure that could lead to emissions cuts – a requirement that some ministers must show they have considered the greenhouse impact when designing new policy.

It ignores a pre-2006 election commitment to force emissions cuts at coal-fired power stations.

Instead, it is largely focused on plans to adapt to the impact of climate change.

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