The nation’s top business lobbying group is facing pressure to commit to a more progressive climate change stance, with rich lister and Atlassian founder Mike Cannon-Brookes labelling the organisation as “regressive”.
The influential Business Council of Australia, which represents some of the nation’s largest companies, told The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald this week there was a need for “credible” climate policy in the wake of Australia’s bushfire crisis, saying the country needed to be on a path to net-zero emissions by 2050.
In response, Mr Cannon-Brookes labelled the BCA in a tweet as a historically “regressive force” for positive climate action, pointing to the council’s previous stances on emissions targets and a carbon tax.
The comments come after business leaders urged Prime Minister Scott Morrison to take stronger action on climate following the bushfires. Mr Morrison earlier this week signalled a new stance on climate after years of divisions within the Coalition, but has ruled out lifting emissions targets or introducing a “tax” on carbon.