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Abbott Government makes polluting free

Posted on 17 July 2014
Coal energy plant in Latrobe Valley, Victoria, Australia
Coal energy plant in Latrobe Valley, Victoria, Australia
© Tanya Petersen / WWF
The Abbott Government today abandoned Australia’s carbon price, with the laws being repealed in the Senate. The country is now left without a credible policy for meeting international obligations to help tackle global warming.

“Repealing the carbon price means fossil fuel companies can now pollute for free,” WWF-Australia CEO Dermot O’Gorman said.

“This will see carbon pollution go up, not down.

“Without an effective mechanism to cut carbon pollution, Australia is unlikely to meet its international commitments to cut pollution by 5-25% by 2020 and tackle global warming.”

The ALP, Greens and the Palmer United Party have all indicated support for moving to an emissions trading scheme.

“Prime Minister Abbott now has the opportunity to step back and work with the Senate to move to an emissions trading scheme and to set a firm date for its commencement,” Mr O’Gorman said.

“This would be a fair and responsible step. It keeps a polluter pays scheme and provides certainty Australia can meet its international obligations.

“The repeal increases risk and uncertainty for all Australian businesses. It's inevitable we will need a polluter pays scheme to tackle global warming, but now business doesn't know when or in what form.”

Mr O’Gorman said recent polling showed four in five Australians say it is important for the Government to keep its promise to cut carbon pollution and they would support a shift to an emissions trading scheme.

“The Australian community wants the Abbott Government to act and wants polluters to pay,” he said.

“From today, WWF and Earth Hour will launch a campaign to work with communities across Australia to raise their voices until they can’t be ignored.”



WWF-Australia media contact:

Mark Symons, mobile: 0400 985 571
Coal energy plant in Latrobe Valley, Victoria, Australia
Coal energy plant in Latrobe Valley, Victoria, Australia
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