BRIEFING: A perfect storm to save local policy?

The upcoming Western Australia Senate re-election shapes as a critical event in defining Australia’s climate policy landscape – notably the future of the Carbon Price Mechanism, the Renewable Energy Target and the government’s Direct Action Plan – with the result to determine the Senate balance of power, and the degree of hostility the government will face managing its legislative agenda.

Opinion polls indicate that a significant swing against the government will re-shape the right-wing outcome in Western Australia, with a 3-3 return now considered the government’s best case scenario.

Is there a perfect storm brewing against the government in Western Australia, how will it impact the composition of the Senate, and could it save Australia’s climate policy?

In this Policy Outlook we analyse the numbers and the political state of play in Western Australia, and present our expectations for domestic climate policy over 2014 – specifically the Carbon Price Mechanism, the Direct Action Plan and the Emissions Reduction Fund.

Here we preview our analysis of the Western Australia election and our outlook for Australian climate policy over 2014:

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