Archives for Apr 13, 2011

Sydney Institute Speech: Gillard Warns of Tight Budget

The Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, says Australia is entering a period of “record fiscal consolidation”, and has warned of a tight budget next month.

Julia Gillard addresses The Sydney Institute


Addressing The Sydney Institute, Gillard said “the time for government to step back is in this Budget.” She said the government “will be making hard decisions in this Budget to prevent greater pain in the long term.” [Read more…]

Combet: Tackling Climate Change Is In The National Interest

This is the text of Climate Change Minister Greg Combet’s speech to the National Press Club.

Tackling climate change is in the national interest

Today I will explain the steps the Government is taking to tackle climate change by putting a price on carbon pollution.

The foundation of any such policy is the climate science.

The evidence of atmospheric warming is very strong, and the potential for dangerous climate impacts is high. The scientific advice is that carbon pollution is the cause.

Globally, 2010 was the warmest year on record, with 2001 to 2010 the warmest decade. 2010 is the 34th consecutive year with global temperatures above the 20th-century average.

In Australia, each decade since the 1940s has been warmer than the preceding decade. With rising temperatures we can expect to see more extreme weather events, including more frequent and intense droughts, floods and bushfires.

The environmental consequences translate readily into economic costs – as well as potential negative impacts on water security, coastal development, infrastructure, agriculture, and health. [Read more…]