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Australia a climate lagger not a world leader

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CLIMATE CALL: Australia's youth will participate in another School Strike 4 Climate on September 20. Photo: MARK JESSER

It is most disturbing, and almost inexplicable, that Australia still doesn't have a Climate Action Plan for our inevitable transition to a low carbon society by 2050.

I feel it, particularly as I look back to what might have been. My Fightback package of the early 90s called for a 20 per cent cut in our emissions by 2000 off a 1990 base. If that policy had been pursued by pricing carbon and then repeated for each subsequent decade, we would have easily passed our Paris targets, and been well on the way to net-zero emissions by 2050, having created tens of thousands of new jobs, and billions of dollars of new investment across most key sectors.

Moreover, and most importantly, we would have done so with a much lower carbon price than what has (implicitly) prevailed to push our gas and electricity prices to such ridiculously high levels, we would be more advanced towards a world of electric vehicles, our soils would be much more resilient to drought through carbon farming, and so on.

Despite all the political claims to the........

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