Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Make the Polluters Pay

Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Make the Polluters Pay

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THE Greens candidate for Cowper has called on Julia Gillard to make real action on climate change a key election platform.

Dominic King said the Prime Minister must not delay action on reducing Australia's carbon emissions.

"Labor should adopt the Greens' proposal for a fixed carbon price starting at $23 per tonne, increasing at 4 4 per cent plus CPI per annum, that would remain in place until a global climate treaty is reached," Mr King said.

"The major parties keep debating this issue as if Australia has a choice. The changes to our planet are real, they are happening now and I call upon both of the other major parties to work together with The Greens to move forward and take a leadership role in this area."

Mr King said the Greens' carbon tax is a simple way to start an immediate move towards a lower emission economy.

"As we all know once a measure starts to hit the hip pocket of major corporations they find ways to do things more efficiently. …

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