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A Joint Statement
Senator Robert Hill, Minister for the Environment
John Moore, Minister for Industry, Science and Tourism
Senator Warwick Parer, Minister for Resources and Energy


20 November 1997

The Prime Minister today announced the largest and most far reaching package of measures to address climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions ever undertaken by any Australian government.

The Government's $180 million package over five years will significantly reduce Australia's greenhouse gas emissions below projected levels. This is estimated to cut emissions per capita to 4 per cent below 1990 levels, the first time the upward trend has been held and reversed.

In terms of practical implementation, the package goes well beyond what is contemplated by many other countries at this time.

Most of the expenditure will be spent on completely new measures or to substantially expand existing programs. It will take Australia to world best practice and enhance the nation's competitive strengths.

The package effectively addresses emissions from the residential, industry, transport, energy, agriculture and forestry sectors, and from government operations.

The major initiatives include:

This package demonstrates that the Government is prepared to go beyond a 'no regrets', minimal cost approach where this is sensible in order to achieve effective and meaningful outcomes.

These measures will reduce Australia's net emissions growth from 28 to 18 per cent (excluding land use change) or some 39 million tonnes by 2010 (from 494 to 455 million tonnes).

Importantly, the level of Commonwealth expenditure does not represent the whole story. The key to the success of the measures is commitment and action by the wider Australia community - individuals, firms and groups.

The Australian community should not underestimate the significant reductions in this package or the commitment required to achieve these outcomes. In terms of practical action, the Australia's package goes well beyond what is contemplated by many other countries at this stage.

Media contacts:
Matt Brown (Senator Hill's office) 02 6277 7640 or 0419 693 515
Cheryl Cartwright (Mr Moore's office) 02 62777580
Bob Baudino (Senator Parer's office) 02 6277 7440 0419 438 818

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