Australian Climate Change Regulation and Political Math

33 Pages Posted: 22 Sep 2018 Last revised: 25 Oct 2018

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Tim Baxter

University of Melbourne, Law School, Students

George Gilligan

University of Melbourne - Centre for Corporate Law

Cosima Hay McRae

University of Melbourne - Law School

Date Written: August 31, 2018

Abstract

This paper traces the tumultuous decade of Australian climate politics from 2007 to 2016 when climate change policy emerged as a defining issue in Australian politics. It focuses on the interplay, that we believe is unique, or at least uniquely powerful, between Australian climate policy and the perceived legitimacy of its political leaders. This interplay has seen the Prime Ministership change five times in ten years with climate change being a key determinant in the rise, fall, or rise and fall of each of their careers. The paper also engages strongly with the raw political math of a period where Australia’s houses of parliament were nearly as often opposed on climate policy as they were in sync.

Keywords: Climate Politics, Climate Change, Australia, Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme, Emissions Trading, Clean Energy Futures

Suggested Citation

Baxter, Tim and Gilligan, George and McRae, Cosima Hay, Australian Climate Change Regulation and Political Math (August 31, 2018). U of Melbourne Legal Studies Research Paper No. 798. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3241945 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3241945

Tim Baxter (Contact Author)

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George Gilligan

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Cosima Hay McRae

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Carlton, Victoria 3053
Australia

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