Media Release: 20 November 2007: Only the Democrats can win for the environment

Bring Back Balance

ACT Democrats 2007

Media Release 20 November 2007

Only the Democrats can win for the environment

“Immediate action is needed to decarbonise the economy, if we are to be serious about avoiding dangerous climate change” says Australian Democrats candidate for Fraser, Darren Churchill

Last weeks Walk Against Warming, held in major cities, has again highlighted the dangers of global warming. Tonight, Greens leader Bob Brown was interviewed on Lateline.

“The Greens position on climate change is questionable. I’m not sure that they can really be trusted. They have allied themselves very strongly with the pro-uranium, pro-coal, pro-pulp mill Labor Party. Only the Democrats can guarantee a non-aligned position and a genuinely independent position on climate change.” said Mr Churchill

“We’ve been warning about climate change for years. The environmental consequences predicted by the Democrats nearly 20 years ago are finally starting to be taken seriously.”

”Democrats actions which were seen as radical in the early 90s, such as enabling ethanol to be blended with petrol, are now very much the norm.  We’ve been winning victories for the environment for many years.  Things such as excise cuts for clean fuels, greenhouse abatement and vehicle conversion packages for alternative fuels. There have been many others.”

”We will make much more progress on these matters now too.  The environment is a mainstream concern now, just as we always said it should be.  The Democrats are Australia’s first environment party, and we will continue to take a strong stand on these matters.” declared Mr Churchill.

”The Democrats will introduce a raft of environmental legislation into the new parliament, such as emissions certificate trading, greenhouse reduction targets, transferring coal and gas subsidies to renewables, tax on coal exports, and remove regulatory barriers to renewable energy and energy efficiency.”

“Only the Democrats have the experience to convince the other parties to tackle climate change head-on. Our track record is proven. We are the negotiators”

“It’s high time for Australia to ratify the Kyoto Protocol and to show some leadership by pressing the USA and others to do likewise. We must take the initiative by leading by example with decisive action on climate change” Mr Churchill concluded.

Darren Churchill

Australian Democrats candidate for Fraser

Darren.Churchill@act.democrats.org.au

0412 196 473

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