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On track to Australia's clean energy future



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THE HON GREG COMBET AM MP Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency

MEDIA RELEASE

GC 301/11 12 October 2011

ON TRACK TO AUSTRALIA’S CLEAN ENERGY FUTURE

The Gillard Government has welcomed the passage of the Clean Energy legislative package through the House of Representatives.

The Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, Greg Combet, said the package would allow Australia to seize the economic and job opportunities that will come as the world tackles climate change and shifts to a clean energy future.

“This is a historic moment - for the first time Australia will have a price on carbon that will put us on the path to significant reductions in the amount of greenhouse gases emitted into the atmosphere,” Mr Combet said.

“The 19 Bills, comprising the Clean Energy legislation and the Steel Transformation Plan Bill, represent one of the most important environmental and economic reforms in this nation’s history.”

Mr Combet said passage of the legislation will provide certainty to business and encourage further investment in clean energy and low emissions technologies.

“The Government’s Clean Energy legislation addresses the science. It will reduce carbon pollution, it will drive investment in clean energy and it will ensure that Australia plays its part internationally.

“I would like to acknowledge the enormous amount of work by the many talented and committed people who developed the policy and formulated the legislation,” he said.

The Bills implement the key elements of the Government’s Securing a Clean Energy Future plan announced on 10 July. The legislation was finalised following widespread consultation with stakeholders and the broader community.

“Our country must tackle climate change. We have a responsibility to respect the science and to respond with an environmentally effective, economically efficient and socially equitable policy.

“This legislation will achieve these outcomes,” Mr Combet said.

The legislation will now be introduced to the Senate and the Government will work to secure its passage through the upper house by the end of the year.

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