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STANDING COMMITTEE ON RURAL AND REGIONAL AFFAIRS AND TRANSPORT
11/09/2008
Carbon sink forests

CHAIR —For the purposes of the Hansard record, Dr Jones just wishes to make a very quick statement that she did not get an opportunity to do in her allotted time earlier this afternoon.

Dr Jones —Thank you. Because of Australia’s relatively small volume of emissions and large agricultural land area, we can very easily achieve carbon neutrality and be the first country in the world to do so. In addition, Australia’s agricultural land area has the capacity to make a significant impact on global carbon dioxide levels. Finally, Australian coal exports account for 30 per cent of the world’s traded coal. In Australian soils, we could offset the emissions for 30 per cent of the world’s traded coal, irrespective of its destination. Thank you.

CHAIR —Thank you, Dr Jones.

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