Friday, August 14, 2009

Coalition, Greens unveil carbon bill changes

ABC News Online, 15 August 2009

The Federal Opposition and the Greens have both presented the Government with amendments to break the deadlock over the renewable energy target.

The Opposition parties want the Government to separate the renewable energy plan from the contentious emissions trading scheme legislation.

The Coalition's environment spokesman, Greg Hunt, says he has put forward amendments that would allow the renewable energy target to be passed.

"The ball is with the Government," he said.

"We've acted in good faith. We've provided the amendments."

A spokeswoman for Climate Change Minister Penny Wong has confirmed the Government received a copy of the Coalition's proposed changes yesterday afternoon.

The Greens have also put forward amendments which would increase the 20 per cent renewable energy target to 30 per cent of Australia's electricity needs.

The legislation is listed for debate next week.

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