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PARLIAMENT OF AUSTRALIA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES fundamental that Australia has one because if we don’t we will be saddled with a tariff effectively for the export of our products to those markets. So, both from an environmental and commercial view we think this must happen. In understanding climate change we must remain vigilant and be aware Australia is part of the international community. More importantly what can the global community do together to make the lives of all of us that inhabit this world a much better one, and I think Bernie Fraser has had an outstanding leadership of public service in this country and I have every confidence in him and the minister and the Government in conducting an initiative over this period of time to ensure that Australia remains at the forefront of international developments in this area. This is a much bigger issue than anything else in our generation. As President Obama said, this is a situation where you don’t want to be on the wrong side of history. I welcome the courage the Prime Minister has shown today and the Minister has shown by allowing this debate on this issue and allowing the resources for the Climate Change Authority to keep hope alive to look at the emissions trading scheme. And you know that a new ETS, it’s not the Liberal way or Labor the way, but we think it’s the right way. So again, I think this is a major step forward for Australia, certainly the direct action programme of the Government will go a long way to dealing with these matters in the short term and we’re happy to support them. The government has been very reasonable in dealing with some of our amendments in relation to the carbon farming so we're all happy about that. We hope this is a win-win situation, not just for our party, not just for the Government, but for all Australians and I think Bernie Fraser will deliver real results of everyday Australians in carrying out his inquiry in this important issue, Bernie. BF: Thankyou Clive and Greg. From the point of view of the Authority, these are pretty encouraging developments. As you have heard already, we’ve been given some pretty important tasks do and we’ll set about those in the way we’re required to with appropriate, reasonable resourcing in terms of funding and personnel. We’ll set about providing independent but balanced advice on the implications of the projects that we’re required to undertake. That means taking a national view about things not a sectional view, but a national view. We’re required to weigh up all sorts of implications for different members of different sections of the community. We’re required to take a long-term view and as I say, with reasonable funding and reasonable resources we’ll do that job as best we can. But I think it’s important that the Authority, with a charter to be independent and to provide balanced advice is a proper way of going about establishing the basics, the benefits and the costs of some of these major and potentially very important schemes and that’s what we’ll endeavour to do. Beyond that, I would like to think about what you heard today perhaps is the beginnings of an emerging broader political consensus on Climate change and a need to take an effective action because that’s what this country needs more than anything else, the development of a broad political consensus. Clive Palmer and Environment Minister Greg Hunt in Canberra Clive Palmer, Bernie Fraser and Environment Minister Greg Hunt 18 The Last Sentry at the Gate: Clive Palmer & the 44th Parliament of Australia


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