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Government and business prepare for a competitive low carbon economy.



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THE HON GREG COMBET AM MP Minister Assisting the Minister for Climate Change

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Parliament House, Canberra ACT 2600 Tel 02 6277 7620 Fax 02 6273 7112

GC 19/09 24 August 2009

GOVERNMENT AND BUSINESSES PREPARE FOR A COMPETITIVE LOW CARBON ECONOMY

Greg Combet, the Minister Assisting the Minister for Climate Change, today commended the Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce for their constructive interest in tackling climate change.

Speaking at a Chamber of Commerce lunch today, Mr Combet welcomed the Chamber’s active engagement in addressing what is one of the most significant economic and environmental issues of our time.

“Business and governments around the world must work together as we make the transition to a competitive low carbon economy,” Mr Combet said.

“Businesses who engage and prepare for the opportunities arising from this transition are contributing to the growth of a strong and competitive international trading market”.

“The well known interest of the Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce in important international issues, like climate change, is an example of the type of leadership that helps secure business certainty.”

“In the lead up to securing a post-2012 global agreement on climate change, Australia continues to play an active role in international negotiations.”

“As one of the world’s richest economies, Australia must take strong domestic action in the lead up to Copenhagen in December this year.” Mr Combet said.

“Through our investments in renewable technologies and our measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the Rudd Government is ensuring Australia is a key player in the international effort to combat climate change.”

“But we are not acting alone, as evidenced by the growing number of countries taking action to combat climate change.” Mr Combet said.

The Australian Government welcomes further opportunities to work with the international and domestic business community and organisations such as the Australia Israel Chamber of Commerce, to prepare for the economic and environmental challenges we face as global community.

Media contact: Rod Hilton 0458 276 619