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Minister Wong tight-lipped on agriculture's CPRS role

- Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Climate Change Minister Penny Wong has remained tight-lipped about the future role of agriculture in the Australian Government's proposed Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme, restating that a decision will be made about possible sector involvement in the CPRS from 2015, but not confirming Opposition demands that the sector be excluded from the CPRS.

In a speech at the Australian National University, Senator Wong rejected the Opposition's proposed nine principles for amendments to the CPRS legislation that will be debated in the Senate in ten days, which suggests the legislation will face rejection when a vote is called on August 13th, unless some Opposition senators vote with the Government, and all five Greens and two Independents also support the legislation. Senator Wong also rejected the inclusion of US-style agricultural offsets (such as soil carbon sequestration) in the CPRS in the absence of major changes to Kyoto Protocol emission accounting rules.  
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