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Climate change policy an ongoing issue: Ai Group

Government and industry need to continue the dialogue on climate change and business needs to have confidence that their concerns are well understood by all sides of politics, Australian Industry Group (Ai Group) chief executive, Heather Ridout, has announced.

Ridout speaks in relation to the Government’s climate change policy announcement, and in anticipation of further policy announcements by opposition parties, ahead of the Federal Election in August.

According to Ridout, Ai Group’s input to whatever process is set-up by any incoming government will be based on, and shaped by, climate change policy principles.

Ai Group’s climate change policy principles include: the competitiveness of Australia’s trade-exposed industries cannot be eroded; Australia should be able to meet its international emissions reduction commitments at least cost; and climate policy must respect existing investments to avoid acute shortâ’medium term disruptions while supporting efficient long-term investment in the energy and other sectors.

The group also believes that a central feature of policy should be supporting research and development of new approaches to emissions reduction and refinement of existing approaches; and that compliance costs and regulatory burdens should be kept to a minimum.

"One of the most important tasks for the next government will be to get climate policy right," said Ridout.

"Ai Group and its members, guided by these principles, will seek an active engagement and positive collaboration with the next government to address the risks posed by the accumulation of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere."

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