- the opportunities and challenges of reducing emissions on a sector-by-sector basis;
- the impact of policies on jobs, investment, trade competitiveness, households and regional Australia;
- the integration of climate change and energy policy, including the impact of state-based policies on achieving an effective national approach;
- the role and operation of the Emissions Reduction Fund and its safeguard mechanism;
- complementary policies, including the National Energy Productivity Plan;
- the role of research and development and innovation;
- the potential role of credible international units in meeting Australia's emissions targets; and
- a potential long-term emissions reduction goal post-2030.
The response from Coalition backbenches was immediate and very vocal. Senator Cory Bernardi calling the intention to re-consider a limited form of carbon pricing one the dumbest thing I've ever heard and failed prime minister Tony Abbott MP referring to it as an ETS by stealth.
Don't expect any meaningful policy to emerge which would help mitigate the effects of climate change - after all this is a federal government being ruled by an unruly, far-right, climate change denying element on its backbenches.