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federal energy minister angus taylor claims the government has a mandate on its climate policies

Angus Taylor calls for Labor to submit to Coalition on emissions target

The energy and emissions reduction minister was referring to the Coalition’s 26%-28% emissions reduction target, a policy much less ambitious than the 45% target Labor took to the election and one that is not aligned with the ultimate aim of the Paris agreement, which is to limit global heating to no more than 2°C.

protesters in melbourne demand action on the climate emergency

Tony Burke floats Green New Deal-style approach to Labor’s climate policy

In a significant piece of post-election positioning, Burke told Guardian Australia Labor needs to adopt new policies of regulation and spending – like the Green New Deal model pursued by some Democrats in the United States, or like the existing Australian Direct Action model – because that is the only way a majority of Australian voters will sign on to climate action.

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After the climate election: shellshocked green groups remain resolute

The environmental movement drew first blood on election night by helping independent Zali Steggall oust Tony Abbott but, in the end, the Coalition – which rated a miserable 4% on the Australian Conservation Foundation’s climate change scorecard – won.

an australia institute analysis found higher climate targets had, at most, ‘a very small impact on gdp growth compared to no action’

Climate modelling used to attack Labor policies a ‘complete outlier’, analysis finds

Modelling by BAEconomics that has been used to attack Labor’s climate policies is a “complete outlier” according to an analysis of more than 20 other recent modelling exercises on the effect of higher climate targets on the economy and electricity sector.

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