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Hospitals and schools should get ETS help instead of polluters: Greens.



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Hospitals and schools should get ETS help instead of polluters: Greens

Media Release | Spokesperson Bob Brown

Thursday 2nd July 2009, 10:02am

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• Emissions Trading

The States should use today's COAG meeting to urge the Federal Government to both lift its carbon

pollution reduction targets and compensate the States ahead of polluters, otherwise front-line jobs in

health, education and essential services are at risk, according to the Australian Greens.

Australian Greens Leader Senator Bob Brown said new research from the Australia Institute showed that

State Governments had been ignored by Canberra in drawing up the CPRS in favour of big polluters.

"The CPRS will give big polluters a massive $16 billion in compensation. Health and education should get

precedence."

"Instead of handing out billions of dollars to help polluters, we should be investing in making our hospitals,

schools and police stations more energy efficient, reducing carbon costs by reducing carbon emissions."

"The CPRS legislation means that State Governments will be faced with a $2.2 billion increase in budget

costs for hospitals, schools and emergency services by 2013-2014, rising to $5.5 billion by 2020."

Senator Brown said that the Government's climate legislation was fundamentally flawed because its targets

were too low to stop the destruction of the Great Barrier Reef and the Murray Darling Basin, but at the

same time gave huge amounts of compensation to polluting industries.

"The CPRS locks in failure."

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NB: Interview available online at http://www.abc.net.au/lateline/content/2008/s2614286.htm