THE HON WARREN SNOWDON MP
Member for Lingiari
SENATOR TRISH CROSSIN
Senator for the Northern Territory
13 September 2011
The Gillard Government today introduced legislation to build a stronger economy and a better environment for Territorians.
The Clean Energy Future (CEF) legislative package will drive investment in clean energy jobs, and at the same time cut carbon pollution by up to 160 million tonnes in 2020 – the equivalent of taking 45 million cars off the road.
“It is critical the Parliament passes this legislation so Australia is not left behind in the global race to cleaner energy jobs and investment,” Member for Lingiari, Warren Snowdon said.
“It is equally critical that we pull our weight when tackling climate change – the rest of the world is acting, and if we don’t begin shifting our economy now the task will become more difficult and costly the more we delay.”
The legislative package includes provisions to establish a national carbon pricing mechanism, to commence on 1 July 2012.
The carbon price will be paid by around 500 big businesses responsible for the largest amount of carbon emissions in Australia.
Senator for the Northern Territory, Trish Crossin said economists have consistently advised that a carbon price is the cheapest and most effective way to cut carbon pollution.
“The Australian Government is also committed to assisting households manage any flow on price impacts from a carbon price, the legislation also provides for tax cuts, family payment and pensions increases and other forms of assistance.
“Some payment and pension increases will be paid before the carbon price commences to ensure those on lower incomes are well covered,” she said.
“The Government has deliberately tailored its household assistance to lower and middle income earners, with almost 6 million households to receive assistance to cover their expected average price impact.
Many families in the Territory will be better off under the assistance package.”
Mr Snowdon said the Government would also support jobs including those in the Northern Territory as industries transition to cleaner energy solutions.
Australia has the highest per capita carbon pollution levels of all developed countries due to our reliance on burning fossil fuels and other heavy emitting industrial processes.
“If we want our children to grow up in a healthy environment, and if we want them to benefit from the new jobs and investment that will be created in the clean energy global economy, then we need to take action now,” he said.
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