Thursday 19/09/2013 Emma Griffiths, ABC News Online
The Abbott Government has abolished the Climate Commission, pushing ahead with its plan to scrap government bodies associated with Labor's carbon pricing scheme and climate change policy.
Other climate change bodies also on chopping block
The Coalition Government also wants to dump the Climate Change Authority, which was set up in 2012 to provide independent advice to the government on the carbon price and emissions reductions targets.
Mr Hunt yesterday instructed his department to begin drafting repeal legislation to abolish the authority, in keeping with its over-riding plan to scrap the carbon pricing scheme.
In what is likely to be a harder task, the Government has also announced it is preparing legislation to scrap the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC).
Also set up in 2012, it has been provided with $10 billion in funding over five years to support private investment in renewable energy.
Yesterday, Treasurer Joe Hockey told his department to prepare the required legislation to axe the CEFC, and wrote to the chair requesting cooperation in suspending all further investments.
However, the Australian Conservation Foundation has released legal advice that the CEFC is obliged to follow its legislated mandate and cannot be frustrated in that regard by attempted ministerial interference.
It also says the board would be obliged to ignore any direction to cease operations.
The Greens have said they will oppose any bid to abolish the CEFC.
Greens leader Christine Milne says it is unlikely that legislation to abolish the CEFC or Climate Change Authority will pass the Senate until at least next July.
But she says that will not prevent the Government from stopping the Climate Change Authority from functioning before then.
Ms Milne says the Government will take away the authority's staff.
The Climate Change Authority is supported by a secretariat from within the public service and so it will be via that mechanism that the Government will shut down the support that the Climate Change Authority needs to do its job, she said.
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