Glass half-full department
The government’s response to the Garnaut report has been less than enthusiastic. Still, who would have thought, a year ago, that the news would be “government reaffirms target of 60 per cent cut in emissions” and that the only effective criticism would be from those saying the target is too soft.
The government is also saying that the review will be one input to policy. This isn’t all to do with the bad news in Garnaut: now that they are in office, departments like Treasury are pushing hard for a say in the process, rather than relying on an independent expert.