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Australia: caught between a ‘just transition’ and ‘no transition’

April 01, 2019
Author: Fergus Green

The Australian government has steered well clear of endorsing the ‘Silesia Declaration’ and even the idea of a ‘just transition’. Labor on the other hand has committed to establishing a Just Transition Authority (JTA) to plan and coordinate the structural adjustment response to coal-fired power station closures. Yet the Party, along with the union movement, remains committed to the continuation of coalmining for export. So one way or another, the politics of a just transition away from Australian coal in all its forms has a long way to run yet.

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