Work together on carbon price framework, pollies told
16/06/2011 - The convenor of a national business forum on sustainable development has called on both sides of politics to work together to establish a carbon price framework.
The two-day forum at Parliament House in Canberra will hear from government leaders, including Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd, and the opposition's climate action spokesman Greg Hunt.
Climate Commission chairman Tim Flannery on Thursday will update the forum on the science of climate change.
Forum convenor Molly Harriss-Olson, a director of policy firm EcoFutures, said political parties and business needed to show "guts and leadership" by moving vigorously towards a low carbon future.
All political parties needed to come together and make sure a carbon framework was established in Australia.
"It doesn't really matter what the framework is, what matters is that we put a price on carbon and start moving aggressively in this direction," Harriss-Olson told ABC Television.
The forum also would hear that Australia was at real risk of falling "far, far behind" if it did not take action.
Harriss-Olson said forum delegates would be surprised at what was happening in India and how far developing nations had come in embedding sustainability and low-carbon approaches.
"Even China has a five-year green plan," she said.
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