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Up and down with climate politics 2013-2016: the repeal of carbon pricing in Australia


Crowley, K, Up and down with climate politics 2013-2016: the repeal of carbon pricing in Australia, Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change, 8, (3) pp. 1-12. ISSN 1757-7799 (2017) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1002/wcc.458


The 2013 election of Australia’s conservative Abbott Coalition (Liberal and National parties) government saw the repeal of carbon pricing, (which had previously been implemented by the Labor government in 2012), assume the first order of business. This Focus article reviews expert and political commentary and analysis of the repeal, and provides an overview of the Abbott government’s dismantling and attempted dismantling of other climate initiatives. It reviews commentary and critiques of the government’s substitute Direct Action (DA) policy and its capacity to reduce emissions. The views of the international community on the Abbott government’s repositioning of Australia’s climate policy are considered, as are the prospects of achieving effective emissions reduction policy under Abbott’s successor, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. The paper notes the role of the Senate in both assisting and frustrating government reforms, as well as aspects of policy continuity that could see a form of carbon pricing revived in future. It explores the correlation between the political ascension of Tony Abbott and his rejection of carbon pricing, whether his substitute DA mechanism will effectively reduce emissions, and the adequacy of Australia’s current global climate policy aspirations.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:climate change, Australian climate policy, Abbott government
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Political science
Research Field:Environmental politics
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in human society
UTAS Author:Crowley, K (Associate Professor Kate Crowley)
ID Code:114317
Year Published:2017
Web of Science® Times Cited:63
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2017-02-10
Last Modified:2018-07-31
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