The Review’s work, with its scale and complexity, could only be completed through the generous contributions of many people and organisations in Australia and across the world.
I had the good fortune of being supported by a management team led by Ron Ben-David as head of the secretariat, and Ian de Cruz, Kevin Keeffe and Stephen Howes. I am grateful that Ron took on the job of helping me get it all together on the day that I was given my presumptuous task. We have worked together on it every day since. Ian led the states-based team in Melbourne from the beginning in late June 2007 and Kevin the Commonwealth component of the secretariat from the time of its establishment in January 2008. Stephen held together the international work from his base at the Australian National University. The end product has been the beneficiary of their exceptional skills, capacities and professionalism.
Thank you to the team members who have been with me from the outset: Jonathan Chew, Elizabeth Edye, Ana Markulev, Nina Rogers and Karlie Tucker; and to our team of expert modellers from the Queensland Treasury, led by Greg Watts and Matt Clark.
It has been a long and hard road, but we have reached the place of which we spoke and maybe dreamed more than a year ago.
Tony Wood added valuable knowledge of technologies and much else when he joined me as a private adviser. Frank Jotzo introduced me to areas of economics in which he was an old hand and I was not.
From earlier this year, the team was strengthened with great professionalism by Dominic Burke, Alison Carrington, Clare Chick, Peter Corcoran, Charles Edlington, Kylie Meakins, Helen Morrow, Rob Murray-Leach and Claire Ruedin. During this time Daniel Adams, James Allen, Jacqueline Boreham, Conrad Buffier, Karen Dempsey, Darren Gladman, Lana Kelly and Kirsten Mann have all made valuable contributions to the Review. Anna Freeman managed to keep us in touch with a high proportion of the extraordinary number of Australians and others who were interested in the Review’s work. Veronica Webster held together the threads of my absurd program of commitments against all the odds.
Many of the individuals mentioned above, and some others, made exceptional and particular intellectual and other contributions to the work. It would be invidious of me to single out those contributions here, but I will find ways of acknowledging these exceptional contributions in more personal ways.
My thanks go to several Commonwealth and state government agencies. The secretariat began its work in the Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet, where the former Secretary, Terry Moran, made sure that things started strongly, and the current Secretary, Helen Silver, continued the excellent support. The Review became a joint Commonwealth–states project from early 2008, with the Commonwealth Department of Climate Change and its Secretary, Martin Parkinson, as its central point. The Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics provided strong professional support for the work from the beginning in 2007, with special contributions from the modelling team led by Don Gunasekera, ably supported by Helal Ahammad. The Review’s joint work on modelling with the Australian Treasury team, led by David Gruen and Meghan Quinn, has broken fertile ground that will be cultivated by Australians for many years. Thanks also to the Office of Economic and Statistical Research in the Queensland Treasury for its ongoing support through the dedication of staff to the Review. The Australian Academy of Science and Academy of Technological Science and Engineering made significant contributions.
I am grateful for the assistance, services and information throughout the Review provided by the staff at the Australian Bureau of Statistics (particularly Steve Gelsi and Sandra Waters); Roger Jones and his many colleagues at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation; the Bureau of Meteorology; the Productivity Commission; Philip Adams at the Centre of Policy Studies (Monash University), who made large contributions directly and through the joint modelling with Treasury; the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research at Melbourne University; and WHH Publishing (especially but not only Virginia Wilton and Larissa Joseph).
Over the last 16 months, my team and I have held thousands of conversations with leaders in their fields in Australia and internationally, and received countless emails and letters offering advice, support and criticism. It is simply not possible to acknowledge all of these contributions. But many have been instrumental in informing the ideas and proposals presented in this Report, and some have been immensely important. Many of you will recognise your influence.
To Jayne, and to the partners and families of all members of my team, I thank you for your patience over many months, and your willingness to bear the demands of this project.
Canberra and Melbourne
30 September 2008