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Garnaut report says more work needed on climate change

Broadcast: 20/02/2008

Reporter: Chris Uhlmann

Tomorrow the first installment of the Garnaut report will be delievered, outlining how climate
change is expected to hit the economy.

Transcript

TONY JONES: It's been a dream start for the Rudd Government, but tomorrow is set to deliver a dose
of reality with the first instalment of a report on how climate change will hit the economy.

It's makes uncomfortable reading with the report's author Ross Garnaut saying a 60 per cent cut in
emissions by 2050 is only the first step. But today the Government was savouring another retreat by
the Opposition.

It abandoned the idea of using the senate to bog down Labor's industrial relations bill, meaning
Australian Workplace Agreements will be axed by Easter.

Chief political correspondent Chris Uhlmann reports.

CHRIS UHLMANN: Retract, retreat, rout or...

JULIA GILLARD, DEPUTY OPPOSITION LEADER: Flip, flop, flap and then fuddle.

CHRIS UHLMANN: Australian Workplace Agreements went yesterday and today the Coalition waved through
the Government's timetable for a Senate inquiry.

DON RANDALL, LIBERAL MP: As I've previously said, politics is a bit like judo, give in and win.

CHRIS UHLMANN: The only fig leaf of opposition left is an amendment to extend transitional
contracts from two to five years.

JULIE BISHOP, DEPUTY OPPOSITION LEADER: And I urge them to support our amendment.

CHRIS UHLMANN: No chance says the Government.

KEVIN RUDD, AUSTRALIAN PRIME MINISTER: We on this side of the House have a clear cut policy.

CHRIS UHLMANN: Labor says that the amendment hides the Coalition's real agenda.

DON RANDALL: But anything could happen in five years.

CHRIS UHLMANN: The Prime Minister says that signals that WorkChoices isn't quite dead.

KEVIN RUDD: Zap zap day after the election bang it's back into life.

CHRIS UHLMANN: The electrodes are firmly attached to the Treasurer, by Opposition frontbenchers
convinced he is Labor's weakest link.

BRENDAN NELSON, FEDERAL OPPOSITION LEADER: They rely on the Treasurer of the country to make damn
sure he's got the detail right.

WAYNE SWAN, FEDERAL TREASURER: The lax fiscal policy from those opposite is pushing up inflation.

CHRIS UHLMANN: The sustained attack on the Treasurer saw Kevin Rudd roll off the bench in his
defence.

KEVIN RUDD: I'll tell you what the Treasurer of the Commonwealth has been doing in the two and a
half months that we've been in office. Sitting there in a budget review committee, an expenditure
review committee of the Cabinet, cutting and burning.

CHRIS UHLMANN: And Julia Gillard has spent all week slicing and dicing the flotsam and jetsum of
WorkChoices.

JULIA GILLARD: Yesterday in this Parliament, I was convinced that I was winning the war against
WorkChoices propaganda but, Mr Speaker, its with a heavy, heavy heart. I'm forced to report to the
House there's more.

There's more, Mr Speaker. I am sorry about it, but there's more. There's a 102,341 plastic folders,
Mr Speaker, unfortunately more than a 100,000 of them. There are 77,893 pens, and, Mr Speaker,
there are an unknown number of fridge magnates. An unknown number of fridge magnates.

Mr Speaker, I'm alert and I'm alarmed, I have to say.

CHRIS UHLMANN: The focus will shift tomorrow with the release of an interim report into the
economic effects of climate change. And the man who wrote it says the Government's target of a 60
per cent cut in emissions by 2050 is just the start.

ROSS GARNAUT, CLIMATE CHANGE ADVISER: It won't be enough to solve the climate change problem, in
the context of the whole world getting its act together of China and other major developing
countries becoming part of an agreement the developed countries will have to do more.

PENNY WONG, CLIMATE CHANGE MINISTER: We have made clear, we will set a mid-term target but we will
do so after receiving the Garnaut report. After we have considered the economic modelling we will
undertake within Treasury and a range of other matters including the consultation with
stakeholders. We are determined to be careful and deliberate in our approach.

CHRIS UHLMANN: And the transition to a low carbon economy will be difficult, even if it goes well.

ROSS GARNAUT: If we do it well it will be costly but manageable. If we do it poorly, if we're not
steady in our policies, if we don't think through the policies very carefully

KEVIN RUDD: We will deliberate on it, we may accept some of it, reject other bits.

CHRIS UHLMANN: Signing Kyoto was easy, the hard work on climate change is about to begin.

Chris Uhlmann, Lateline.