is consensus from the committee really possible?

This week Julia has been busy forming her climate change committee. She says the committee will start from the position that a carbon price is required to reduce pollution and encourage investment in low-emission technologies.

Personally I think the committee will have a hard time coming to a decision on the carbon price… Firstly we have independent Tony Windsor whose interest will ultimately be focused on keeping the price for agriculturalists low… then we have a number of representatives from energy, petroleum and mining companies, and the NAB (which is one of the biggest funders of coal based projects in Australia).

In true Abbott fashion the opposition has refused two places on the committee, rejecting the stipulation that its members must commit to a carbon price from the outset.

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