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Climate Commission report points to Tony Abbott’s handbrake on Australia

The latest report from the Climate Commission today shows that Australia is at risk of falling behind global action to move to clean, renewable energy. The report sends a clear message that our price on pollution is a vital first step in the right direction, and it's a damning indictment of Tony Abbott's negative rhetoric, the Australian Greens said today.

"By next year 33 countries and 18 sub national jurisdictions will use a carbon price to limit their greenhouse gas emissions. Australia has won international praise for our carbon pricing scheme that both commits to a clean energy economy and compensates low-income households." Leader of the Australian Greens, Senator Christine Milne said today.

"The world is taking action and our clever nation has already contributed hugely by exporting ideas and skills"

"A great many of the world's solar technologies, now poised to make a massive contribution towards solving the climate crisis, originated in Australia. We should be very proud of that - but it's also just the beginning.

"Our next step is to export the design of our carbon pricing mechanism. The use of the independent Climate Change Authority to de-politicise the process of setting emission targets - a successful model imported from the UK, and starting with a fixed-price trading scheme are excellent policies that other nations can learn from.

"Unfortunately, every day Tony Abbott says he will keep pollution free is a day another bright, ambitious Australian leaves the country to work overseas in the vibrant clean technology industries that are booming across the region and around the world.

"We need to build a dynamic, exciting, innovative economy to keep our best and brightest here in Australia, but Tony Abbott wants to put a handbrake on that future.

"Nobody can trust this man who claims that education funding is skewed towards public schools, that we shouldn't invest in clean, renewable energy through an independent $10 billion fund, that we shouldn't put a price on pollution, that we shouldn't ask super-profitable mining corporations to contribute more to the community at large.

"With the Climate Commission setting out clearly our standing in the world as the 15th biggest polluter - and the biggest polluter per capita, while we remain in the middle of the pack on pricing pollution and fall behind innovative nations on cleantech and renewable energy developments.

"Our children, our communities, our scientists, our innovators, business people and researchers can all see the benefits of building a clean energy economy - all of us except Tony Abbott."

Please see audio attached below of the joint press conference with Senator Christine Milne and Adam Bandt, who also spoke on MySuper

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