The nation's top business lobby group has defended its stance on climate change amid fresh signs of discontent within the corporate sector over Australia's approach to reducing carbon emissions.
"We absolutely reject any suggestion that we have been anything but proactive and constructive on climate and energy policy," the influential Business Council of Australia said in a statement on Tuesday. "If we are to provide affordable and reliable energy and reduce emissions we all need to work together."
The leading industry body for corporate Australia is facing pressure to commit to a more progressive climate policy.Credit:Getty
The statement came after billionaire tech entrepreneur Mike Cannon-Brookes lashed out at the BCA, which represents some of the nation's largest companies, labelling it a "strongly regressive force" on climate change issues.
Australia's approach to dealing with climate change has moved into focus this week after Prime Minister Scott Morrison signalled his government could change its approach to emissions policy amid the bushfire crisis. However, Mr Morrison has ruled lifting emissions targets or introducing a carbon tax.