Australia: From “No Regrets” to a Clean Energy Future?
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In September 2011 Australia passed the Clean Energy Act 2011 (Cth), a piece of legislation that will for the first time introduce a carbon price into the Australian economy. The passage of this Act marks a momentous step forward for Australia, a country that until now has been dominated by a domestic climate change policy of ‘no-regrets’. This Chapter explores the evolution of climate change policy in Australia from the late 1980s through to the passage of the Clean Energy Act 2011 (Cth).