Greg Combet has announced the establishment of a Climate Commission to be headed by Tim Flannery.
Mr Combet said the Climate Commission would provide expert advice and information on climate change to the Australian community.
“The Climate Commission has been established by the Gillard Government to provide an authoritative, independent source of information for all Australians,” he said. “It will provide expert advice on climate change science and impacts, and international action. It will help build the consensus required to move to a clean energy future.”
The Climate Commission would have a public outreach role, he said, to help build greater understanding and consensus about reducing Australia’s carbon pollution.
“The Commissioners are eminent Australians who are leaders in their fields and I’m pleased one of Australia’s leading science communicators, Professor Tim Flannery, a former Australian of the Year, has accepted the role of Chief Commissioner,” Mr Combet said.
“The Climate Commission will fulfil a key information and education role, enabling the Australian community to have a more informed conversation about climate change. I am delighted to lead this new Commission,” said Professor Tim Flannery.
Overall the Commission will:
* Explain the science of climate change and the impacts on Australia.
* Report on the progress of international action dealing with climate change.
* Explain the purpose and operation of a carbon price and how it may interact with the Australian economy and communities.
The membership is impressive and includes Professor Will Steffen, Executive Director of the ANU Climate Change Institute at the Australian National University. Also Dr Susannah Eliott as a science communication expert.
The Commission has an equally impressive Science Advisory Panel, including Professors Matt England, David Karoly, Andy Pitman and others covering a wide range of expertise.
Her Majesty’s Opposition has an entirely predictable response. Greg Hunt:
“The Climate Commission is just another piece in Labor’s jigsaw puzzle to try to justify their plan for an electricity tax,” he said in a statement.
“Australians should get used to this Government trotting out a steady stream of reports and committees dedicated to their plan for higher power prices.”
A bunch of narks, basically.
There’s more at the Sydney Morning Herald.
The Opposition Organ is running a poll on whether Flannery is the right person for the job. When I voted 84% said “no”.