This week’s repeal of the price on pollution will be looked on in times ahead as a serious backward step in an era of climate change and a blow to Australian innovation, jobs and families.
It is clearly only the Greens that will lead the campaign to restore genuine action on global warming.
Tony Abbott will have to live with the consequences of his denial of global warming and his concerted efforts to undermine Australia’s effort to address it.
Unfortunately we will all now have to pay for the costs of global warming while the big polluters will get off scott free.
The tragedy of this decision is that it delivers a blow to jobs, a blow to clean solar and wind energy, and a massive blow to our kids and grandkids who will live on a planet permanently changed by global warming.
Here on the Tweed and across Australia we stand exposed to more extreme fires, floods, storms, and many of us risk losing our jobs and livelihoods because of global warming.
But Tony Abbott has just dismantled the most effective way for Australia to reduce our pollution.
Everyone from our leading scientists, to expert economists and insurers keep telling us that the longer we take to bring down pollution the greater the costs will be in lives, jobs and precious natural places lost.
The Greens will now lead a vigorous and focused campaign to restore action on global warming.
Dawn Walker, Tweed Greens