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Garrett, Turnbull agree cuts in emissions needed - Greens ask: How much? By when?



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Senator Bob Brown Senator for Tasmania

Garrett, Turnbull agree cuts in emissions needed - Greens ask: How much? By when?

Senator Brown, 8th February 2007 In a half hour debate on the 7.30 Report, Environment Minister Malcolm Turnbull failed to produce the Howard government's emissions reduction target, Greens Leader Bob Brown said today.

"Minister Turnbull said the government is committed to reducing Australia's emissions, but did not say by how much or by when."

"What are the government's targets? Do they even have any?" asked Senator Brown.

"While Shadow Environment Minister Peter Garrett could not give any short term emissions targets for Labor, nor did he explain Labor's energy spokesperson Chris Evans' comments that Australia's coal exports have nothing to do with our emissions. He also completely ignored the question of Labor's uranium policy."

"Coal is Australia's achilles heel. The major parties can't continue to protect the industry which is at the source of the problem of climate change," Senator Brown said.

"The Greens Climate Change Action Bill 2006 has been introduced into the Senate, the best thing the Coalition and Labor parties could do for the environment is to pass the bill at the next Parliamentary sitting on February 26," Senator Brown said.

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