The draft report of Professor Ross Garnaut's Climate Change Review will be released at 12.30 today here.
For overseas readers, this review has been described as the Australian version of the Stern Review. The report will look at the economic impact on Australia of climate change and the design of a domestic emissions trading scheme (ETS), as well as suggestions for Australia's role in international negotiations. The findings will be a major input into the government's ETS which is to be unveiled by the end of the year.
The next 6 - 12 months are likely to be a time of furious debate in Australia about what the ETS should look like. The debate has begun with whether and how petrol should be included in the scheme.