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VoteClimate.org.au – 2010 Australian federal election policy comparison

= Especially good policy or goes beyond stated goal = Supports = Does not support or no evidence of support = Policy position has negative outcomes that deserve highlighting = Policy has very negative outcomes or moves us backwards Accepts the science that the current climate change is largely Acceptance human caused

Policy International

Separate climate policy Supports the UN lead Kyoto Process
Recognition of international equity issues around climate change Support for developing and poorer nations to tackle climate change

GHG stabilisation 300 ppm CO2 or below goals Interim target of 350 ppm CO2

Zero emission goals 2020 goals

Net negative emissions Near zero emissions Zero net emissions Zero or negative emissions by 2020
80% reduction of greenhouse gas emissions below 1990 levels by 2020 60% reduction of greenhouse gas emissions below 1990 levels by 2020 40% reduction of greenhouse gas emissions below 1990 levels by 2020 20% reduction of greenhouse gas emissions below 1990 levels by 2020 A reduction of greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020 5% reduction of greenhouse gas emissions below 1990 levels by 2020 5% reduction of greenhouse gas emissions below 2000 levels by 2020 -35% or more reduction of greenhouse gas emissions below 1990 levels by 2050

2050 goals

Negative emissions by 2050 Near zero emissions by 2050 Net zero emissions by 2050
80% reduction of greenhouse gas emissions below 1990 levels by 2050 60% reduction of greenhouse gas emissions below 1990 levels by 2050

Emission reductions mechanisms Energy

Government designed mandatory reductions Carbon tax Carbon trading
Support crash conversion to renewable based electricity system

Support major role out of renewables Support minor role out of renewables Significant support for small scale renewables Phase out coal exports Phase out domestic coal industry Oppose "clean coal carbon capture and storage" Remove fossil fuel subsidies Oppose nuclear power plants

Energy efficiency / Plan to limit energy growth reduction Plan to promote energy efficiency

Transport

Near zero emission transport policy Major improvements in public transport Minor improvements in public transport Support high speed rail Link between major cities
Significant improvements in cycling and walking infrastructure

Significant decrease in road spending Upgrading and expand rail freight Support of electric and plug in hybrid vehicles Supports low emissions car industry Identifies need to act on issues of oil peak Opposes coal to oil and other GHG intensive fuels Opposes conversion of food to fuel

Land clearing & End to land clearing or greenhouse intensification of land use forestry End to logging of native / old forests
Including land clearing & forestry emissions in carbon tax/trading systems

Agriculture

Policy to reduce emissions from agriculture
Acknowledgement of the key role livestock and consequently meat and dairy consumption have on emissions

Including agricultural emissions in carbon tax/trading systems

Social justice / equity Population

Social justice elements in plans to address climate change Social equity elements such as global carbon rationing Accepting regional climate refugees Plans to reduce or stabilise population growth

Authorised by Adrian Whitehead, 7/9 Kemp Street Thornbury, Victoria

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