Let us be quite clear about what the Prime Minister was saying when he announced his great backdown on climate change policy on Tuesday.
He said that after the end of the current Kyoto commitment period would be a good time to assess what others have done and take that into account in devising our own response.
“Assess” is code for conduct a review. We are going to wait until 2013 before we even begin to think about a coherent response to climate change (as distinct from photo-ops like the one with Cate Blanchett resulting from installing a solar panel on the roof of the Sydney Theatre Company).
The Garnaut Review took about eighteen months, the Government’s response several more months.
We will be out to lunch on this one until 2015 at the earliest.