Senate must not pass government carbon scheme

Friends of the Earth Australia has called on the Senate to oppose the government's carbon trading legislation released by Minister Wong on March 10. On March 11, community groups around the country mobilsed to oppose this legislation.

Media Release March 10, 2009

Senate must not pass government carbon scheme

Friends of the Earth Australia has called on the Senate to oppose the government's carbon trading legislation released by Minister Wong today.

Friends of the Earth Australia has also welcomed the announcement of a Senate inquiry into the scheme.

“The government is repeating all the mistakes of Europe's failed carbon trading experiment,” Damien Lawson, National Climate Justice Coordinator said today.

“The target is too low; compensation too high and the loopholes to wide.”

“In particular, allowing unlimited international carbon trading will let polluters off-the-hook and hurt people in developing countries.”

“Right now hundreds of scientists meeting in Copenhagen are calling for urgent action based on scientific observations that say climate change is accelerating. This bill fails to do what the scientists say are needed.”

“This bill puts the profits of polluters ahead of the needs of people and the planet. It must not pass.”

“We will be campaigning for the Senate to block this legislation. The government must go back to the drawing board and produce a real response to the looming climate catastrophe.”

For more information: Damien Lawson 0419 253 342

Louise Morris, Climate Campaigner Friends of the Earth
03)94198700
0408906310