The Government’s new climate change committee has made a definitive decision after its first meeting: dump Julia Gillard’s proposed Citizens Assembly on climate change.
Think of it as a bureaucratic take on scissors, paper, rock: multi-party climate change committee beats citizens assembly everytime. So while the Gillard Government may have no climate change policy, it has managed to kill off the last one with the help of its brand new committee.
This is no surprise given the Citizens Assembly was a dog from day one and was treated as such by the media and the public. It was possibly the worst policy bungle of the Gillard’s in the entire election campaign (although the Indonesian judge awarded that honour to the East Timor solution).
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The debate during the first weeks of the election campaign has been dominated by the controversy surrounding Gillards proposed “Citizens Assembly”.
Despite this, it is one of Gillards` other proposals that could prove much more important: the creation of a Climate Change Commission to provide “evidence and information about climate change to all Australians”.
At first, the Climate Commission may not appear a compelling and visionary proposal for the future of climate policy. However in the UK a highly successful prototype- the Committee on Climate Change - has begun to create the deep and lasting consensus that Julia Gillard so strongly desires.
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