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| Joint Select Committee on Australia’s Clean Energy Future Legislation

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Advisory report on the Clean Energy Bills and the Steel Transformation Bill 2011

11 October 2011

© Commonwealth of Australia 2011
ISBN 978-0-642-79571-7 (Printed version)
ISBN 978-0-642-79572-4 (HTML version)

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View the report as separate downloadable parts:

Preliminary Pages (PDF 95KB)
Chapter 1 Introduction (PDF 113KB)

Referral of the bills
Origins and purpose of the bills
Pricing carbon to reduce emissions
International commitments
The Garnaut Review and Update
Previous parliamentary inquiries
Exposure draft legislation consultation
Objectives and scope of the inquiry
Conduct of the inquiry
Submissions and correspondence
Report structure

Chapter 2 Overview of the clean energy legislative package and the steel transformation plan (PDF 125KB)

The carbon pricing mechanism
Description of the clean energy bills
Clean Energy (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2011
Household assistance bills
Clean Energy (Household Assistance Amendments) Bill 2011
Clean Energy (Tax Laws Amendments) Bill 2011
Fuel tax bills[28]
Clean Energy (Customs Tariff Amendment) Bill 2011
Clean Energy (Excise Tariff Legislation Amendment) Bill 2011
Synthetic greenhouse gas bills
The charges bills
Clean Energy (Unit Issue Charge – Fixed Charge) Bill 2011 and the Clean Energy (Unit Issue Charge – Auctions) Bill 2011
Clean Energy (Charges—Excise) Bill 2011 and the Clean Energy (Charges—Customs) Bill 2011
The Clean Energy (International Unit Surrender Charge) Bill 2011
The Clean Energy Regulator 2011
The Climate Change Authority 2011
The steel transformation plan
Steel Transformation Plan Bill 2011

Chapter 3 General issues about the bills (PDF 136KB)

Economic impacts of the legislation
Criticisms of the Treasury modelling
The view from the financial markets
Specific economic issues
Claims about jobs
The coal industry
Certainty for business
Community understanding of the reforms

Chapter 4 Specific issues with the bills (PDF 284KB)

General views on the legislation
Specific issues concerning the drafting of the bills
Identification of liable entities
Property rights and carbon units
Links between the mechanism and international emissions reduction schemes
The Jobs and Competitiveness Program
The mechanism and energy generation
Analysis and conclusions
The powers of the Clean Energy Regulator
The application of the mechanism to liquid petroleum gas
The mechanism and small and medium-sized businesses
Coverage of landfill facilities and impacts on local government
The mechanism and the agricultural sector
Synthetic greenhouse gases
The effectiveness of the household compensation arrangements
Steel Transformation Plan
Issues for further consideration

Supplementary comments from the Australian Greens (PDF 33KB)
Report of Coalition Members and Senators (PDF 624KB)

1.  Introduction
2.  Breach of trust
Unions complicit
3.  Out of step with the world
Australia is no laggard
To what extent is the world acting?
What policies are other countries pursuing?
Models based on false assumptions
4.  Emissions keep going up
Credibility of international market
Already driving a ‘clean energy future’
5.  Hurting households
Australians are under pressure
Millions still worse off
6.  Small business squeeze
Jobs at risk, businesses crippled
7.  Communities cop the cost
Copping it at the local level
Copping it in the regions
Copping it at the expense of community welfare
8.  Key industries compromised
9.  Crippling competitiveness
10.  Fuel + fridges = more than 500
500 claim
Off-road fuel
On-road fuel
Extent of fuel impacts
11.  Farcical inquiry shows contempt
Repeating past mistakes
Once criticised, now endorsed
Limited time, most submissions not accepted
Past inquiries no substitute
DCCEE consultation
Submissions ignored
Treasury modelling
Massive legislative reform
12.  Conclusion

Appendix A ‑ Submissions (PDF 45KB)
Appendix B – Witnesses (PDF 72KB)
Appendix C – Exhibits (PDF 41KB)
Appendix D – Amendments made since the exposure draft bills (PDF 108KB)

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