Prime Ministerial Task Group on Emissions Trading

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On 10 December 2006, the Australian Prime Minister John Howard announced the establishment of the Prime Ministerial Task Group on Emissions Trading.[1] The task group was tasked with developing an Australian Carbon Trading Scheme and was given the following terms of reference:

"Australia enjoys major competitive advantages through the possession of large reserves of fossil fuels and uranium. In assessing Australia’s further contribution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, these advantages must be preserved.

Against this background the Task Group will be asked to advise on the nature and design of a workable global emissions trading system in which Australia would be able to participate. The Task Group will advise and report on additional steps that might be taken, in Australia, consistent with the goal of establishing such a system."

The Task Group submitted its final report on 31 May 2007. The proposed scheme has some similarities to the "hybrid scheme" developed by Warwick McKibbin.

The Task Group is entirely separate from the National Emissions Trading Taskforce (NETT), an initiative of Australian state and territory governments, which is also investigating the careful design of a national emissions trading scheme (NETS).


The Task Group members included:

  • Dr Peter Shergold, (Chair) Secretary, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet;
  • Mr David Borthwick, Secretary, Department of the Environment and Heritage;
  • Mr Peter Coates, Executive Committee Member, Xstrata;
  • Mr Tony Concannon, Managing Director, International Power;
  • Dr Ken Henry, Secretary, The Treasury;
  • Mr Russell Higgins, Non-Executive Director, Australian Pipeline Trust;
  • Ms Margaret Jackson, Chairman, Qantas;
  • Mr Michael L'Estrange, Secretary, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade;
  • Mr Chris Lynch, Executive Director, BHP Billiton;
  • Mr John Marlay, Chief Executive Officer, Alumina Limited;
  • Mr Mark Paterson, Secretary, Department of Industry, Tourism and Resources; and
  • Mr John Stewart, Managing Director, National Australia Bank.

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  1. ^ Howard, John (10 December 2006). "Prime Ministerial Task Group on Emissions Trading" (Press release). Archived from the original on 15 February 2014. 

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