Australia needs a Climate Compact to break its climate policy impasse

By Kim Rubenstein
Updated April 21 2022 - 5:26am, first published April 20 2022 - 7:30pm
A banner depicting global temperatures by knitters from Common Grace's Knit for Climate Action initiative. Picture: AAP

Decades of inertia and bitter partisan politics have revealed an inescapable truth - the Federal Parliament is incapable of dealing with the complex issues and diverse interests involved in delivering action on the climate crisis. This cries out for a new process of stakeholder engagement to negotiate an emissions-reduction settlement that can then be put back to Parliament to fine tune and implement. A Climate Compact is the intervention we need to break Australia's climate policy impasse.