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MARK APPOINTED SHADOW MINISTER FOR ENVIRONMENT, CLIMATE CHANGE AND WATER Date: 18 October 2013

I am delighted to be appointed the Shadow Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Water, areas critical in Australia today and in the years ahead.

In Government, Labor worked hard to protect our natural environmental resources.

We laid foundations to improve the protections for great natural assets like the Tasmanian Forests, Murray Darling Basin and the Great Barrier Reef.

As the Shadow Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Water, I will defend our environment and hold the Government to account on issues critical to the future sustainability of Australia.

I will pursue an agenda to ensure action on climate change, renewable energy and the protection of our natural resources.

Tony Abbott’s Government would take Australia backward by repealing the carbon tax and not replacing it with any sort of credible action on climate change. Greg Hunt and Tony Abbott should listen to the experts and support the introduction of an emissions trading scheme. I will also fight any moves by the Government to pillage Australia’s greatest natural assets. Labor believes matters of national environmental significance must be protected by national governments, not delegated to the states. We believe responsible investment and job creation must be balanced with responsible environmental practice. We will not allow the Government to plunder our World Heritage forests and Great Barrier Reef. I look forward to working with Senator Louise Pratt in her new role as the Shadow Parliamentary Secretary to ensure a sustainable Australia for future generations. Back

Mark Butler MP Federal Member for Port Adelaide

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