Policy maturation from the Greens?
Senator Christine Milne’s comment that the Green political party is prepared to compromise on its climate change agenda gives me hope that we will see a carbon price in this parliament.
See my previous criticism of the Greens (The Australian May 8, 2009). I argued the party is responsible for the fact an emissions trading scheme is not in place NOW. The process is open again. And the mining industry, which helped swing the coalition against Kevin Rudd’s ETS, has got to live with the fact that Labor and the Greens are designing this version and won’t be as generous with concessions.
One of the key indicators to follow in this parliament is how quickly we see a policy maturation of the Green Party, from a party of protest to a party with a stake in national policy.