Aug 22, 2008 - 9:43am
Leading social, union, environment and research organisations today
called on big polluters to stop seeking unfair special deals and delays
to action on climate change and get on with low carbon solutions.
Southern Cross Climate Coalition, a coalition of the ACTU, the Climate
Institute, ACF and ACOSS, said the recent round of scaremongering from
some big polluters was simply an attempt to shirk responsibilities for
doing their fair share to tackle dangerous climate change and a grab for
tax payer handouts.
“Unfortunately some of the big polluting
industries and corporations don’t want to take responsibility for
reducing their emissions and are seeking exemptions from the carbon
pollution reduction scheme. It is a selfish and short-sighted approach
on their part,” ACTU president Sharan Burrow said.
“We want them to be part of the solution to a cleaner economy,” she said.
proposals from the BCA to have taxpayers fill the gap between a modest
trajectory for Australian business and a credible global target just
slugs the rest of us and future generations with a ballooning carbon
debt and a high carbon economy,” CEO of the Climate Institute John
“We need to act strongly on climate change now and
the costs and benefits of action should be shared fairly across the
community. ACOSS would be very concerned if the burden were to fall on
lower income and disadvantaged households as a result of other sections
of the community not pulling their weight “ Acting CEO of ACOSS Gregor
“Australians should be very wary about a few big
polluters pleading for a golden handshake, because the silent majority
of Australian businesses will benefit from a strong, broadly based
emissions trading scheme,” said ACF executive director Don Henry.