Back before the CPRS took the wind out of the community it was common sense to believe that early action was cheaper than delayed action. And back before anyone had heard of ’emission intensive trade exposed industries’ it was patriotic to believe that Australia should lead the world, not lag it. If we are to tackle climate change, we need to get back to where we were before the CPRS knocked our enthusiasm. We need to remind ourselves what we need to achieve, and assure ourselves that we can achieve it. The question for the Rudd Government now is, is it willing to fight for good climate change policy, or was it simply using climate change policy to cause a good fight?