Monday, October 29, 2012

Mark Dreyfus Misunderstood

Mark Dreyfus, Parliamentary Secretary for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency was widely misinterpreted during his speech to the Carbon Farming Conference on 23 October, 2012. Many listeners got the impression that Mr Dreyfus took a 'take it or leave it' approach, saying "no one's forcing you to get involved in the CFI" and "we don't need any favours from farmers". The speech as written has a very different meaning:

"First, the Carbon Farming Initiative is a voluntary scheme. No one is going to make you
undertake carbon abatement measures on your land. What we are offering under the
Carbon Farming Initiative are opportunities for farmers who want to take them.
And my second point by way of introduction, and it’s related to the first, and that’s that no
one is asking you to capture carbon as a favour. This Government believes in market
mechanisms, and that’s why the Carbon Farming Initiative is based on providing the right
economic incentives for farmers to get involved in reducing our nation’s dangerous
greenhouse gas emissions."

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