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Shelving of Steggall bill a missed opportunity

"The Federal Government's decision not to adopt the independent climate legislation proposed by Zali Steggall is a missed opportunity, but not the last opportunity, to establish a clearer path to net zero emissions," Innes Willox Chief Executive of the national employer association Ai Group said today.

"As we told the Committee reviewing the Bills, there are other options for the Government to achieve the same ends through its own policy measures: adoption of a firmer commitment to net zero emissions by 2050; strengthening the advisory role of the existing Climate Change Authority; and taking a more rigorous Budget-style process to emissions policy.

"The Government's Long Term Strategy for emissions reduction, expected in coming months, should take these steps," Mr Willox said.

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