So you're a major carbon polluter and you've read about Environment Minister Greg Hunt's "Emissions Reduction Fund Safeguard Mechanism" and you're worried the government might actually do something curb your carbon emissions. Worry not -- just follow our step-by-step guide to see how you'll be completely untouched. First of all -- the only "safeguarding" is against your highest level of emissions of the last five years -- the "baseline" is actually more like a "top line" that you have to exceed before there's any risk that you'll get pinged by the body administering the scheme, the Clean Energy Regulator. Here's a picture to show this, with "time" helpfully marked on the x-axis.
Don’t worry, big polluters, Hunt’s ‘safeguard mechanism’ won’t cost you a thing
Pumping out more and more carbon emissions has never been easier than under Greg Hunt's pointless "safeguard" mechanism.