The received wisdom seems to be that Rudd has hived off climate change from Peter Garrett’s responsibilities and given it to Penny Wong. This is not correct. In fact they will both work on climate change. Rudd explained it this way:
“Penny will have responsibility for our international negotiations on Kyoto and Kyoto plus, she will have responsibility for the negotiations of our domestic emissions trading regime,” he said.
“She will also have responsibility for the harmonisation of the existing state-based mandatory renewable energy targets and regimes with an integrated national mandatory target regime.”
Mr Rudd said Mr Garrett, on top of the environment portfolio, would be responsible for delivering key climate-change programs within Australia.
“Solar programs, water-efficiency programs and general energy efficiency programs as well.”
Both will go to Bali with Rudd.
With two ministers in Cabinet, the area has been significantly upgraded.
Rudd has made clear that water will include water for the cities as well, and extend to WA whereas the previous government’s focus was mainly on the Murray-Darling.
During the election period I heard Garrett debate Brandis on policy for the arts. Garrett acquitted himself very well I thought.
Garrett and Wong will both be busy, methinks.