(AU) Pressure mounts on Lib-Nat govt as states combine on climate target

David Twomey | EcoNews AU | 02/08/2018

Australia’s conservative Liberal-National government is facing new demands to give ground on the climate change target that underpins its National Energy Guarantee (NEG), as Labor governed states negotiate a joint position to force changes to the scheme at a crucial meeting next week.

Labor governments in Victoria, Queensland and the Australian Capital Territory are brokering a new list of demands to be unveiled next week to ensure a future federal government has more scope to make deeper cuts to greenhouse gas emissions over the decade ahead.

Fairfax Media reports that with the federal policy hanging in the balance, the united stance is aimed at maximising pressure on Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg to go much further than his latest proposal for a review of the target in 2024.

The state negotiations are influenced by calls from environmental and business groups for greater flexibility in the way the federal government adjusts the target, including a hotly contested proposal to increase it without needing legislation.