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Media Release
Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Senator the Hon. Ian Campbell

2 September 2004

Labor is wrong on emissions trading claim

The Minister for the Environment, Senator Ian Campbell, today denied a claim by Labor's environment spokesman, Kelvin Thomson, that the Australian Government was in favor of a domestic emissions trading system.

"Kelvin Thompson is being disingenuous yet again — he knows full well that is not the case," Senator Campbell said.

"The view expressed by me in today's article in the Australian Financial Review related to a possible future situation where there is a truly global effort to battle greenhouse gases, a situation that does not exist at present under Labor's beloved and flawed Kyoto Protocol.

"This government is united in building and maintaining a strong economy while reducing Australia's greenhouse gas emissions.

"The Howard Government is united in its rejection of the Latham/Thomson/Garrett approach to climate change, which would greatly harm economic growth and cost jobs, but provide only measly greenhouse abatement.

"Labor's Kyoto's policy would at best deliver a one per cent reduction in global greenhouse gas emissions, which is well short of the 50 to 60 per cent reductions required to reverse climate change.

"Labor does not have greenhouse policy — it has a slogan that's bad for Australia and bad for the environment.

"Kelvin Thomson should tell it straight for a change."

Commonwealth of Australia