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Gillard unveils climate change policy -

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Reporter: Nick Harmsen

Prime Minister Julia Gillard says that her climate change policy will not put a price on carbon
until the Australian economy and population are ready to do so.

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TICKY FULLERTON, PRESENTER: The Prime Minister is "moving forward" on climate change, but the
timetable remains the same.

Julia Gillard is sticking to Kevin Rudd's plan to wait until 2012 before considering reviving an
emissions trading scheme.

She'd use the time to consult a citizens' assembly about the national mood on climate change.

But Tony Abbott and the Greens say the appropriate assembly is the Parliament.

From Canberra, Nick Harmsen reports.

PROTESTORS (chanting in unison): Hey, hey, ho, ho, fossil fuels have got to go.

NICK HARMSEN, REPORTER: It wasn't the climate change she expected; a heated interjection in the
Prime Minister's carefully-controlled campaign.

When talk failed, one protester elected to take real action. He was a seized upon, handcuffed and
dragged out of the building.

PROTESTOR (being escorted away by police): Why am I the criminal? They're the ones destroying the
planet.

NICK HARMSEN: Inside, Julia Gillard remained cool as she outlined her plan to arrest emissions.

JULIA GILLARD, PRIME MINISTER: I will act when the Australian economy is ready and when the
Australian people are ready.

NICK HARMSEN: That means no carbon price until 2013 at the earliest.

In the meantime, the science would be considered by a new climate change commission, which would be
charged with monitoring international developments.

A citizens' assembly of 150 people would try to forge consensus on a market-based solution.

TONY ABBOTT, OPPOSITION LEADER: We already have a citizen's assembly; it's called a parliament.
This is a decision for the Parliament. And she can't subcontract out leadership to some kind of
giant focus group.

NICK HARMSEN: An argument once put by Julia Gillard herself.

JULIA GILLARD: We can't afford any more inquiries, reports or investigations into climate change.

NICK HARMSEN: Her new policy will also offer $1 billion over 10 years to connect renewable energy
to the grid, tougher standards on coal-fired power stations and there'd be no disadvantage for
companies who take early action to cut emissions.

JULIA GILLARD: I want to act in step with the world and when we have a deep and lasting community
consensus.

NICK HARMSEN: But some say it's out of step with the Prime Minister's campaign slogan.

PROTESTORS II (walking backwards while chanting in unison): "Julia Gillard moving backwards,
climate action now."

CHRISTINE MILNE, GREENS SENATOR: What we've seen is a failure of leadership, a complete cop out, a
reiteration of Labor's old failed strategy.

NICK HARMSEN: Tony Abbott thinks it's all camouflage for a carbon tax. He spent the day in Perth,
promising $93 million for security screening at airports and ports.

TONY ABBOTT: This is a further demonstration of the Coalition's border security credentials.

NICK HARMSEN: The Liberals argue Kevin Rudd has a problem with his security credentials; Tony
Abbott says the former Prime Minister is not fit to serve in Cabinet after the ABC revealed his
chief of staff occasionally deputised for him at important national security meetings.

Mr Rudd has responded to the claims through a spokesman, saying he, "... attended all critical
meetings of the National Security Committee."

JULIA GILLARD: I worked alongside Kevin Rudd as Prime Minister, and as Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd
was deeply concerned about the security of the Australian people and deeply concerned about our
national security.

BOB HAWKE, FORMER PRIME MINISTER: These issues of whether Kevin sent a bloody staffer or didn't
attend these things, I think that's in the past. I don't think it's got anything to do with the
future.

NICK HARMSEN: He may be a blast from the past, but Bob Hawke is one former leader Julia Gillard is
happy to have in the campaign spotlight.

Nick Harmsen, Lateline.