Richard Marles does not directly answer questions about coal mining and carbon credits under Labour’s emissions policy

Richard Marles was repeatedly asked on Saturday to explain whether coal mines, under Labor policy, would be forced to buy carbon credits if they exceeded their benchmark emissions threshold.

Deputy Labor Party leader Richard Marles did not respond directly to questions about whether coal mines would be forced to buy carbon credits if they exceeded a benchmark under the emissions reduction policy. party.

Mr Marles was repeatedly asked about the issue by Sky News Australia senior political reporter Jonathan Lea at a press conference in Queensland on Saturday in the absence of opposition leader Anthony Albanese who is self-isolating after testing positive for COVID-19.

“Can I ask you about one of your signature carbon emission policies – you have a market mechanism and effectively a baseline that the largest emitters in the country can effectively emit as much carbon as ‘at a certain threshold,’ Mr Lea asked.

“Can I ask you about coal mines – will coal mines be forced to buy carbon credits if they exceed this threshold and what do you think the cost of a carbon credit will be if they have to to buy?”

Mr Marles replied: ‘Well, let’s be clear on that. We have the most detailed modeling around the proposals we have put in place that an opposition has ever produced’.

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“The most detailed modeling to make sure we have a realistic path to net zero emissions by 2050, but hit that target of a 43% reduction,” he said.

“We really know where we need to go and we’ve been completely transparent, more than any opposition has ever been, in terms of advanced information.”

Mr Marles then gestured to shadow treasurer Jim Chalmers, who was also at the press conference, to take the microphone.

Mr Lea replied: ‘Being transparent…you’re the deputy leader, will they have to buy carbon credits? You’re the deputy leader, you don’t need the shadow treasurer, surely you would know?’

Mr. Marles continued to walk away from the cameras as Mr. Chalmers indicated he would answer further questions on the matter.

“I ask the deputy chief because Mr Albanese is not there, does the deputy chief know if they will have to buy credits. It’s a simple question, he is behind you, we cannot him ask ?” said Mr. Lea to Mr. Chalmers.

Mr Chalmers continued: “Our policy is designed not to put our exporters at a disadvantage to the countries and companies they compete with globally and that goes to the heart of your question.

“What Richard is saying is that we have a detailed policy in place, the safeguard mechanism which we have adapted and adopted by the government itself means that 215 of the largest emitters will reduce their emissions in accordance with the safeguard mechanism .

“The best outcome from our point of view is for companies to reduce their emissions in accordance with this schedule, this timetable and this safeguard mechanism. Ideally, companies would do this.”

Mr Chalmers added that what Labor has been saying to coal communities and coal miners “is that our climate change policy is designed to build on and maximize our traditional strengths, not abandon them”.

“That’s what our policy is for and that’s why the modeling that Richard referred to, the more than 600,000 jobs created by our climate change policy, five out of six of them are in the regions and that comes back to the question you are asking.”

Mr Lea again tried to get Mr Marles to answer the question directly, asking: ‘I’m going to ask the Deputy Chief again, will they have to buy carbon credits if they go over the baseline and how much? will these credits cost?

Mr Marles was adamant “the question has been answered”.

“The coal industry is going to play a very important role in our country for a long time to come,” he said.

“We gave you the answers we gave you.”

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