Climate change, Carbon Price

The Greens understand and respect the science of climate change. We know that swift action to reduce the pollution that heats our planet is vital if we are to avoid devastating consequences, and we do everything we can to get Australia closer and closer to that kind of action.

We are proud of what we achieved in negotiations for the Clean Energy Future package, particularly the investments in clean, renewable energy and the design of a carbon price scheme which has complete flexibility to be strengthened over time. The creation of an independent expert Climate Change Authority to recommend 5 year rolling carbon budgets means we have a new opportunity every year to lift the ambition of Australia’s action closer and close to what the science demands.

We have a lot of work to do to make Australia’s climate action match the demands of the science, but, thanks to the Greens’ efforts, we are closer than ever.


Carbon price agreement: historic first step towards a clean energy economy

10 Jul 2011

The Australian Greens, the Labor government and the Independent MPs today announced an historic agreement on a climate action package that will put a $23 per tonne price on carbon pollution, as was first proposed by the Greens, support householders and invest billions of dollars in clean, renewable energy. This package, which the Greens have helped shape, is the first vital step towards tackling the climate crisis and building a cleaner, healthier, more secure Australia for all of us. Major steps forward on emissions reduction targets, support for renewable energy, energy efficiency and landscape carbon, closing coal-fired power plants, limiting the use of international offsets and a floor price mean that pollution cuts that were pushed into the distant future under the government's original plans will now be pulled forward into the next few years. While a climate action package designed by the Greens would have been more ambitious straight away, what we have achieved is a firm foundation for the future. Where the Rudd government's Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme acted as a ceiling on action, constraining our efforts for decades to come, this carbon price package acts as a platform on which stronger action can be built in the years ahead.


National Greenhouse Accounts bolster case to keep carbon pricing

15 Apr 2014

The Australian Greens are accusing the Abbott government of selective hearing, as the new National Greenhouse Accounts out today show emissions are continuing to drop.


Direct Action slogan rejected by Senate inquiry

26 Mar 2014

A Senate inquiry has rejected Tony Abbott's do-nothing global warming policy as a scheme that pays polluters to continue as usual with ordinary Australians footing the bill. "Tony Abbott wants families and workers to pay the price for the impacts of global warming instead of the big polluters," Greens Leader Christine Milne said.


Senate maintains carbon price

20 Mar 2014

The Senate has voted to maintain the existing emissions trading scheme 29 - 33.

"The Senate has rejected Tony Abbott's do-nothing approach on global warming and voted to maintain the price on pollution," Greens Leader Christine Milne said.



Investors flee from deeply flawed Direct Action plan

07 Mar 2014

The Greens-initiated Direct Action inquiry has today heard witness after witness state that the plan is doomed to fail.


Protecting the clean energy package

03 Mar 2014

Senator Wright's speech against the Abbott Government's legislation to repeal the price on carbon.


Minister Hunt’s empty threat to carbon price

24 Feb 2014

The Abbott government is getting way ahead of itself in trying to halt the auction of carbon units, say the Australian Greens.


PM Abbott runs away in face of global warming

14 Oct 2013

Australian Greens Leader Christine Milne has welcomed news that new Labor Leader Bill Shorten will defend the price on pollution and says Prime Minister Tony Abbott has no mandate to dismantle it.


Press conference: carbon floor price

28 Aug 2012

Christine Milne held a press conference to announce changes in the carbon floor price.


Big step for Australia and the world in genuine action to cut pollution

28 Aug 2012

Significant changes to Australia's pollution price will deliver a big step forward for genuine action to cut pollution both in Australia and globally.

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