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Carbon Talks: The Economics and Politics of Carbon Pricing in Australia

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Australia has the distinction of being one of the only jurisdictions in the world to both implement and scrap a carbon tax. What’s up Down Under?The proposal to introduce an economy-wide carbon price has been a controversial issue in Australia for over 20 years. That controversy came to a head with the election of the Rudd Government in 2007 and saw the eventual introduction of a fixed price permit for the release of emissions, with the intention that it convert to an emissions trading scheme after 3 years. The 2013 election saw the Abbott Government take power–among the first legislative initiatives was the abolition of the carbon price. In this dialogue Dr. Parkinson will discuss the background to events that arguably led to the loss of Office of 3 Prime Ministers and 2 Opposition Leaders. He will also discuss the contribution of the economics profession to public confusion over the policy choices confronting Australia and will consider options for future reform.

Join us for a free public dialogue to learn from Dr. Martin Parkinson,
Former Secretary to the Treasury and Department of Climate Change, Government of Australia, one of Australia’s preeminent voices on public policy and on the implementation of national carbon pricing.

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