Who are the Players?
The groups which have the most say in the passing of the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme (CPRS) are, ultimately, the Members of Parliament and Senators of the Australian Federal Parliament. The parties represented in the House of Representatives are the Labor Party (83 Seats) and the Liberal/National Coalition (65 Seats in total – 55 Liberal, 10 National). In the Senate the composition is the Labor party (32 Seats), the Liberal/National Coalition (37 Seats), The Australian Greens (5 Seats), Family First (1 Seat) and South Australian Independent Senator Nick Xenophon.
What are their Targets?
2020 per capita reduction
5–15 per cent below 2000 levels
|27–34 per cent below 2000 levels||60 per cent below 2000 levels|
|Liberal||Reduce carbon emissions by 150 million tonnes – 10 per cent on 2000 levels.||--||--|
|National||Yet to formulate a policy.||--||--|
|Greens||minimum of 40% reduction on 1990 levels by 2020||--||Net 0 emissions by 2050 at latest.|
|Xenophon||both Xenophon and the Liberal party commissioned a report from Frontier Economics, hence the targets are the same.||--||--|
*Family First Senator Steve Fielding does not believe in Global Warming, thus there are no targets in this table.
How each party intends reaching these targets will be explored in a later instalment.