Climate change, renewables and energy efficiency loom as major issues for the election.

In this article we summarise and compare the ALP and Coalition promises and share our thoughts on the Greens’ position.  

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The Greens

Many expect the Greens, led by Senator Bob Brown, to take the balance of power in the Senate following the election. They can be expected to use this position to influence the climate change, energy and environment policies of the elected government, to extract more environmentally friendly outcomes.

Bob Brown has indicated that the Greens will not adopt a blanket policy of blocking government initiatives. Instead they would determine issues on their merits and suggest alternatives.32

Ultimately it is highly uncertain what specific actions they will take. For example they rejected the government’s attempts at passing the CPRS, arguing the targets were too low.