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Over the last day, the scene has certainly changed dramatically for what Australia can put on the table. The offering was going to be fairly paltry and ineffective anyway, and there is a sense in which I and others are relieved that it’s back to the drawing board for us as a country. There are so many more creative, inclusive and responsible environment care schemes than ETS that we might expect our government to encourage. COP15 is a critical gathering and we need to hear the voices that speak for environmental stewardship that includes the well-being of the planet’s poorest.