Lenore Taylor

Lenore Taylor

Lenore Taylor is chief political correspondent for The Sydney Morning Herald. She is a Walkley Award winner, a winner of the Paul Lyneham Award for excellence in press gallery journalism and a former foreign correspondent, based in London. She co-authored a book, "Shitstorm" on the Rudd government's response to the global economic crisis. She has covered federal politics for more than 20 years.

Clean energy could be a windfall for jobs

solar energy

Lenore Taylor, NATIONAL AFFAIRS CORRESPONDENT Research has found that a $45 a tonne carbon price could create almost 8000 more permanent jobs in the electricity sector by 2030 than there are now.

Business calls for open market on carbon

Lenore Taylor NATIONAL AFFAIRS CORRESPONDENT BUSINESS groups are demanding the right to buy pollution permits overseas instead of paying Australia's proposed carbon tax, but the government insists foreign purchases will only be allowed once...

Great minds can't think alike on carbon model

Lenore Taylor NATIONAL AFFAIRS THE multi-party climate committee has failed to agree on a ''model'' for a carbon price despite both Labor and the Greens supporting a ''hybrid'' system of a carbon tax eventually leading to an...

Billions blown on carbon schemes

Carbon emissions

Mark Davis and Lenore Taylor SUCCESSIVE federal governments have spent more than $5.5 billion over the past decade on climate change programs that are delivering only small reductions in greenhouse gas emissions at unusually...

Flannery comes in from cold to head panel

Lenore Taylor THE conservationist Tim Flannery has put aside his bitter disappointment with both sides of politics and agreed to head the Gillard government's new climate change commission.

Climate cuts must continue: Garnaut


Lenore Taylor NATIONAL AFFAIRS CORRESPONDENT Australia should push ahead with domestic greenhouse gas cuts even if the US hits a ''bumpy road'' in meeting its greenhouse gas-reduction targets, says the government's climate change adviser, Ross...

Future cyclones could be more extreme: Garnaut

Yasi Yeye

Lenore Taylor Cyclone Yasi s probably early real-world evidence of scientific predictions that global warming will lead to more extreme weather events, says the government's expert climate change adviser,...

Labor's plan to tackle emissions will start with fixed price on carbon

Lenore Taylor THE Gillard government is finalising a plan for a fixed carbon price that eventually leads to an emissions trading scheme, and it is aiming to finally push the contentious climate-change legislation...

Greens and business at odds over carbon price

Lenore Taylor NATIONAL AFFAIRS CORRESPONDENT Business leaders have backed a modest carbon price with compensation for companies unable to pass on the price impost, but in a sign of the difficulties facing the Gillard government the Greens are...

Compensation battle with Greens over carbon price

Lenore Taylor The Climate Change Minister, Greg Combet, has conceded that industry compensation will be ''one of the most important areas of policy difference'' between Labor and the Greens as they negotiate a...

Combet questions Abbott logic on carbon

Lenore Taylor NATIONAL AFFAIRS CORRESPONDENT THE Climate Change Minister, Greg Combet, has said there is ''no logic'' to the Coalition's argument that Australia should abandon a carbon price as the best way to reduce greenhouse emissions...

Garnaut warns against squabbles in carbon price debate

Lenore Taylor The climate change adviser Ross Garnaut has called on Australian scholars to lead the greenhouse policy debate so it is not derailed again by vested interests and squabbles over policy detail.

Greens get even with a summit on carbon goal

Lenore Taylor NATIONAL AFFAIRS CORRESPONDENT THE Greens have called their own carbon price summit next week to try to build momentum for an ambitious greenhouse policy as the cross-party climate change committee gets down to work.

Power bills 'must rise' without a carbon tax

 Electricity Meter

Lenore Taylor NATIONAL AFFAIRS CORRESPONDENT Australians will be hit with higher electricity bills if the nation fails to implement a carbon price, the head of NSW's electricity price regulator says.

Power price to rise unless carbon price is set soon


Lenore Taylor NATIONAL AFFAIRS CORRESPONDENT THE federal government has been warned electricity prices will rise further unless power generators get a clear carbon price by 2012 and that Australia's greenhouse gas reduction targets are already...

Basin plan gets bogged down in legal wrangling

Lenore Taylor A LEADING constitutional lawyer says the government is misinterpreting ''new'' legal advice that has been seized on by the Water Minister, Tony Burke, to reassure angry farmers he can give social and...

Burke tells water authority to listen to new advice

Lenore Taylor The Water Minister, Tony Burke, has demanded the independent Murray-Darling Basin Authority accept new legal advice that he says proves the 2007 Water Act allows full consideration of the social and...

Nats query legal core of water reform

Lenore Taylor NATIONAL AFFAIRS CORRESPONDENT A NATIONAL Party senator has called on the government to reconsider the foundation of Murray-Darling water reform, the Coalition's 2007 Water Act, and backed controversial demands by irrigator...

Farmers fear water act priority

Lenore Taylor FARMERS are calling for the federal Water Act to be changed because it is based on an international treaty that ensures social and economic factors are not properly assessed by the water reform...

Leaks spring from election pledges when it comes to the pointy end

Lenore Taylor NATIONAL AFFAIRS CORRESPONDENT THE incompatible needs of the irrigation industry and the ecology of Australia's most important river system were always going to have to be adjudicated some time. That time has finally come.