Climate Change Authority Act 2011

The Act establishes the Climate Change Authority which is required to conduct reviews under other acts such as the Renewable Energy (Electricity) Act 2000 and conduct research about matters relating to climate change. While discharging its functions, the Climate Change Authority is to have regard to the principle that any measure to respond to climate change must:
– Be economically efficient;
– Be environmentally effective;
– Be equitable;
– Be in the public interest;
– Take account of the impact on households, business, workers and communities;
– Support the development of an effective global response to climate change; and
– Be consistent with Australia’s foreign policy and trade objectives;

A bill to abolish the Climate Change Authority was rejected in the Senate in March 2014, but a second version of the bill, the Climate Change Authority (Abolition) Bill 2013 [No. 2], is currently before the Senate. However, as part of the process to ensure the passage of the Carbon Farming Initiative Amendment Bill 2014, the government has announced it would abandon its pre-election pledge to scrap the Climate Change Authority. As such, the Climate Change Authority (Abolition) Bill 2013 [No. 2] is currently on hold.

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