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Australia: Business, unions and NGOs join forces over climate change

Date: 29 Jun 2015

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Four of Australia's biggest business lobby groups have joined an alliance with unions, investors and campaigning NGOs to call for more robust policies to take the country towards reducing the impact of climate change.

The alliance demands that Australia should eventually reduce net emissions to zero through deep reductions in greenhouse gas emissions alongside other measures, such as the removal of carbon from the atmosphere.

The group, called the Australian Climate Roundtable, is a reaction to hostility to climate change policy on the part of the current government and the resulting inconsistency in policy signals to business. It says that an unpredictable regulatory environment will increase business costs.

The Roundtable includes the Australian Industry Group, the Business Council of Australia, the Australian Aluminium Council and the Energy Supply Association of Australia.

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