Change to ensure future emissions reduction targets could only be increased follows talks with crossbench and Greens

The Albanese government has strengthened its signature climate legislation to make it clear future emissions reduction targets can only increase, as well as bolstering transparency about its response to expert advice from the Climate Change Authority.

The adjustments ahead of the introduction of the bill on Wednesday follow negotiations with the crossbench and the Greens and come as the latest Guardian Essential poll shows 50% of respondents want a bill reflecting Labor’s specific election commitments passed by the new parliament to address the climate crisis.

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