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WA crucial to protecting RET and independent advice on global warming

Media Release
Scott Ludlam 3 Mar 2014

The Australian Government will continue to receive independent advice on climate policy and the RET, now the Greens in the Senate have blocked the abolition of the independent Climate Change Authority.

"It's ridiculous that Tony Abbott is blocking action on global warming, and undermining renewable energy, by rejecting the experts who can tell him how to maximise opportunities," said Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne.

"Just last week the Climate Change Authority declared Australia should almost quadruple its emissions reduction target to 19 per cent by 2020, but instead of strengthening our climate policies this prime minister wants to tear them all down.

"When did we stop listening to the scientific community? The Climate Change Authority has backed the RET and the innovation and jobs it is driving.

"The Prime Minister might not like what he's hearing, but that's too bad. His government needs to end its anti-science obsession, face the facts and start acting in the interests of the Australian people," said Senator Milne.

The Abbott government will try again to ditch the Climate Change Authority, and the entire climate policy package, when the new Senators take their seats in July. The Senate by-election in Western Australia will determine the balance of power and whether or not their backward mission will succeed.

"We need checks and balances in our parliament," said Senator Scott Ludlam, who is running for re-election.

"We need the Senate to keep the RET and the Climate Change Authority safe from Tony Abbott's destructive agenda.

"The abolition of the Climate Change Authority is another of Tony Abbott's weapons against renewable energy and action on global warming. That is not leadership and with voters' help, the Greens won't allow it to happen," Senator Ludlam said.


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