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Wednesday, 25 November 2009
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Senator WONG (Minister for Climate Change and Water) (8:14 PM) —The modelling assumed a range of scenarios. If Senator Joyce’s question is, since he often talks about them, about China and India, it certainly assumed much later entry into reduction in emissions or, to explain it better, a much later set of actions from developing countries than developed nations. That was already something the government included as part of its assumptions. Obviously the difference between the way in which developed countries like Australia have to undertake action and developing countries such as China and India have to take action will differ. But my recollection is—and, again, this is from October 2008—that the assumptions were of a range of scenarios which included different dates by which different nations might start to restrain and reduce their emissions.