Jul 18, 2008

Grayndler Climate Forum Timely After Release of Carbon Pollution Green Paper

Grayndler Climate Forum Timely After Release of Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme Green Paper

MEDIA RELEASE

The Hon Anthony Albanese

Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

July 18 2008

Anthony Albanese will host a climate change forum on Tuesday the 5th of August from 7:30pm – 9pm at Petersham RSL.

Grayndler residents will have an opportunity to hear all about the Rudd Labor Governments recently released Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme Green Paper.

Speakers at the forum will be Senator Penny Wong, Federal Minister for Climate Change and Water and Dr Ben McNeil from the University of NSW Climate Change Research Centre.

“I have organised the forum to encourage debate and inform the community about the Rudd Labor Government’s Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme.”

“I encourage everyone who can, to come to this forum, it will be an important and informative event for Grayndler,” said Anthony Albanese.

The Green Paper adds to a list of policy initiatives introduced by the Rudd Labor Government.

“The Rudd Labor Government is acting decisively on Climate Change.”

“In just nine months we have ratified the Kyoto protocol, introduced a renewable energy target of 20% by 2020, brought in measures to encourage households to take action and now released the Green Paper,” said Anthony Albanese.

The Green Paper sets out the proposed way to transform the Australian economy to a lower carbon pollution future and the proposed support to help households and businesses adjust to this economic transformation.

“There is no cost free way to tackle climate change. The Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme is the most efficient, lowest cost and most economically responsible way to reduce the carbon pollution that is causing climate change,” said Anthony Albanese.

The Government will increase payments, above automatic indexation, to people in receipt of pensioner, carer, senior and allowance benefits and will increase assistance to other low-income households through the tax and payment system to meet the overall increase in the cost of living flowing from the scheme.

Middle-income households will get assistance to help them meet any overall increase in the cost of living flowing from the scheme.

“Avoiding dangerous climate change is the greatest challenge for our generation and we all have a role to play,” said Anthony Albanese.

For Further information about the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme Green Paper visit, http://www.climatechange.gov.au/greenpaper/index.html