The Federal Minister for Climate Change, Greg Combet has announced an independent Climate Commission, appointing a leading science communicator, Professor Tim Flannery, as Chief Commissioner.

The Climate Commission will provide expert advice and information on climate change to the Australian community, including updates on climate change science and impacts, and international action. Its role is to help build the consensus required to move to a clean energy future.

The Commission will be required to hold a series of public outreach events to explain the science of climate change; the magnitude of the challenge to address climate change; the role of a carbon price in effectively tackling climate change; how a carbon price works and its interaction with the economy and the community; and opportunities for moving to a low carbon future.

The Federal Government has appointed an expert board to provide advice on Defence Industry Innovation.

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