Legal change: Dealing with Direct Action

Direct Action shifts climate policy to a government contracting model, a move that will bring legal benefits and challenges.

Overlooked in the debate over the shift from carbon pricing to the Abbott government’s Direct Action policy is the changed legal underpinning for emissions reduction activity by companies.

Putting to one side the relative policy merits of each approach that has been the focus of public debate – this shift brings with it other fundamental changes which have not yet been properly examined both in where abatement occurs and under what conditions. With the release of a Green Paper on Direct Action in the coming weeks, it is critical that the detail and implication of these fundamental changes is scrutinised.

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