Senate debates

Monday, 16 June 2014

Questions without Notice

Environment

2:32 pm

Photo of Christine MilneChristine Milne (Tasmania, Australian Greens) Share this | Hansard source

My question without notice is to the Minister representing the Minister for the Environment, Minister Cormann. Can the minister confirm Minister Hunt's remarks that the Emissions Reduction Fund central to Direct Action will now be called the Carbon Farming Initiative amendment bill, and that $1.9 billion of the $2.5 billion will be allocated to soil carbon, new tree plantings and carbon-in-the-landscape projects? If so, can the minister tell us what price per tonne the government has calculated would be paid so that these projects would be viable?

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Mark Duffett
Posted on 17 Jun 2014 11:25 am (Report this comment)

Unfortunately, because forest absorbs more sunlight than grassland does, new tree plantings in temperate latitudes (i.e. southern Australia) are of only marginal benefit to the climate: http://www.nature.com/ngeo/journal/v4/n8/full/ngeo1182.html?...