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Trade exposed industries wary of emissions scheme
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EMMA ALBERICI: Trade-exposed industries have cautiously welcomed the Government's plans to provide free permits as outlined in the green paper.
But the head of Xstrata - Australia's largest coal exporting company - says its doubtful the coal industry will receive any free permits under the scheme. He says he expects most of the compensation will flow to the more energy-intensive industries of aluminium and cement.
The National Generators Forum says the green paper is a practical step, but it's too early to assess the impact on electricity costs.
And it says it's unlikely the situation will be any clearer until Treasury modelling on the trading scheme is completed in October.
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The Federal Government says the scheme has set Australia on an important path towards cutting emissions, but won't be drawn on exact figures until it unveils its interim reduction targets later this year.
But some scientists say the scheme is too soft and has too many loopholes for industry to encourage anyone to act to make a real difference to the climate, and they say Australia will have to look at other ways of cutting the levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to meet a short term global target.
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Censor's decision may not end debate over naked children
EMMA ALBERICI: Australia's censorship watchdog has cleared the July edition of Art Monthly Australia magazine, which has a picture of a naked child on the front cover.
The father of the child who posed naked says the ruling should put an end to the debate about the exploitation of children and artistic freedom in Australia.
But one child psychologist says the ruling is troubling because it gives a green light for more publications featuring naked children.