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8c Smith, M. (2010) Achieving the Great Transition: Growing the low carbon economy in the Asia Pacific + Business Consensus Statement on Climate Change Policy for Australia - 2010 Report of the National Business Leaders Forum for SD

The 11 th National Business Leaders Forum on Sustainable Development took place on 27 and 28 May 2010 at a critical time for climate change policy in Australia. Only two months before the Forum on the then Prime Minister Kevin Rudd had announced that the government would delay implementing its Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme (CPRS) until 2013. This move created significant business uncertainty and a considerable void for climate policy in Australia.

The Forum responded to these changing circumstances by issuing a „Call to Action Statement on Climate Change‟ (see within the document) which has received input from business leaders, academia and civil society. This powerful statement provides a comprehensive action plan and demonstrates the significant consensus that exists for action on climate change. This statement was taken up by the Lower House cross bench including Rob Oakshott, who said "If Business and the Environmental Movement can find consensus on climate change, so can the Parliament."

The Call for Action Statement on Climate Change was researched and drafted by Dr Michael H Smith with input from numerous business and environmental movement leaders.

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