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Chris Bowen, Labor’s climate and energy spokesman, appeared on National Radio to explain the ins and outs of his party’s policy and, as he puts it, fight a ‘campaign of fear lazy, toxic thing that liberals and nationals have been addicted to for 20 years.” years”.

“After almost 10 years in power, they still don’t understand, they still argue over the basics, over the fundamentals,” he said.

Shadow Minister for Climate Change and Energy Chris Bowen.Credit:Alex Ellinghausen

The MP has repeatedly stressed that the Labor Party is working closely with business groups to develop its climate policy and that it is based on many of the same assumptions that underpin the government’s plans.

This includes assuming a price of $24 per ton for offsets and using the same list of the 215 largest emitters, including 60 coal mines.

These facilities would work with the Clean Energy Regulator on a case-by-case basis to determine what is possible in terms of reducing emissions with the technology available, Bowen said.

“It’s not something we’re asking these facilities to do overnight,” he told ABC radio.

The safeguard mechanism that Labor plans to use to reduce emission levels is exactly the one devised by the current government.

“They didn’t implement it properly. …but the architecture is quite solid.

Moderate Liberal MP Dave Sharma, who is facing a fight in his Wentworth seat against ‘teal’ independent candidate Allegra Spender, says Matt Canavan is known in this debate.

“Matt has a long-standing opinion on this issue…but he didn’t win this argument,” Sharma said.

“I think it’s not only in the economic, environmental and climate interest, but in the interest of our national security to make sure we’re moving in the same direction as the rest of the world.”

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