THE HON WARREN SNOWDON MP
Member for Lingiari
Minister for Indigenous Health
11 October 2011
Member for Lingiari and Minister for Indigenous Health, Warren Snowdon has praised Northern Territory organisations including the West Arnhem Fire Management Project for working to cut carbon emissions ahead of the introduction of a carbon price.
Mr Snowdon said it is time Australia acts on carbon emissions and the Clean Energy Future legislation is vitally important, especially to Australia’s north.
The Australian Government’s carbon price is aimed at ensuring natural treasures like the Cocos Islands, Kakadu National Park and our unique arid regions are preserved from the worst effects of climate change.
“The 600 residents of the Cocos (Keeling) Islands will be first in line to feel the effects of climate change, with a maximum altitude just three metres above sea level any rise in the oceans would see the islands disappearing,” he said.
“Indigenous run organisations in the Territory, such as the West Arnhem Fire Management Project are already delivering reduced carbon emissions.”
“This partnership between Aboriginal traditional owners, the NT Government and Darwin Liquefied Natural Gas, offsets greenhouse emissions from the Conoco Phillips LNG Plant at Wickham Point, by properly managing bushfires in a 28,000 sq km area of West Arnhem Land,” Mr Snowdon said.
Projects like this demonstrate the opportunities for Aboriginal communities and organisations to develop relationships with Governments at all levels and the business community to participate in climate change initiatives.
Mr Snowdon warned against the scare campaign being run by the Opposition, as a series of wild claims which aren’t backed up by climate science or economic modeling.
“The Gillard Labor Government is up to the challenge of pricing carbon, ensuring that Australian households receive tax cuts and pension increases to offset and in some cases entirely absorb the cost of living impact, which amounts to less than one cent in the dollar,” he said.
“Australia’s cleaner, more responsible and economically progressive future hinges on these carbon pricing reforms.”
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