Rudd locks in 5pc emissions cut
By Online parliamentary correspondent Emma Rodgers
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Prime Minister Kevin Rudd says Australia will cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 5 per cent of 2000 levels by 2020, but could make a cut of up to 15 per cent if other countries also sign up to stronger reductions.
The Federal Government has also promised around $6 billion a year in compensation and a 2.5 per cent rise in pension rates to help households cope with expected price rises when the carbon pollution reduction scheme begins in 2010.
It is estimated there will be a one-off rise in inflation of 1.1 per cent with the introduction of the scheme, and growth will slow by just 0.1 per cent a year to 2050."
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TAKE ACTION - TELL THE GOVERNMENT THAT 5% is NOT ENOUGH!
5% is totally unacceptable.
It's time for a class action by Australian citizens to make politicians (and their industrial influencers) see beyond their two year time horizons and take responsibility for the future of mankind.
Climate Emergency Network
P.O. Box 260
Kew, Victoria 3101, AUSTRALIA
++++++++++++++++++++++++++No great surprise here, but this is definitely disappointing
I have just sent the letter below to Petro Georgiou, and will forward a copy to Rudd and Wong. Contact your local MP and Rudd and Wong and let them know your views too. Peter Campbell.
The 5% emission reduction target announced by the Australian Government is totally inadequate.
The latest science, apparently ignored by the Government, indicates we are now in the midst of a climate emergency, which is likely to see global average temperatures increase by more than 2 degrees, drastic reductions in rainfall across much of Australia, and the loss of summer ice at the North Pole within 6 years.
A target of 40% reduction on 1990 levels by 2020 would have been appropriate.
Could you please convey my views, as my local MP, to the Australian Government.
Could you also ask in Parliament why, in setting this 5% target, the Australian Government is prepared to sacrifice the Great Barrier Reef, Kakadu wetlands, most of the Murray Darling basin, and snow in Australia?
Join the 'Step-In' Campaign TODAY (Tue 16) at your local MP's office:
On Tuesday 16th of December, please join with people all around Australia as we STEP-IN to the offices of Federal Parliamentarians, to STEP-UP the campaign for real action against climate change.
The Friends of the Earth Climate Justice Collective are organizing simultaneous community actions at 4 Electoral offices at 10.00AM, Tuesday 16 Dec.
More info here.
There is a protest rally in town today at midday for everyone to join. Several of us will be at the rally at Spring St and Collins and Macarthur St. - 12 pm.