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Abbott Government must listen to everyday Australians not coal barons when setting climate targets today

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Larissa Waters 10 Aug 2015

The Abbott Government Cabinet needs to listen to the majority of Australians who want climate action in its meeting today to decide on post-2020 targets.

Commenting on the Climate Institute's review of public attitudes, released today, Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and climate change spokesperson, said:

"Not only is Tony Abbott ignoring the science and snubbing the rest of the world, he is completely out of touch with most Australians, who understand climate action means new jobs.  

"When the Cabinet meets today, it should prioritise the two thirds of Australians who want climate action, instead of mining company donors.

"Australians understand that the coal industry is dying and today's jobs and future jobs are in renewables, with more than 70 per cent agreeing tackling climate change creates new opportunities in renewable energy.

"Tony Abbott has made us the only country in the world to lower our renewable energy target and to scrap a price on pollution.

"It's time for the Abbott Government to dramatically change course in line with the community's wishes, the rest of the world's progress and, most importantly, the science.

"The Climate Change Authority has said we need a reduction of 40-60 per cent by 2030, and the Greens want 60 to 80 per cent by 2030, both based on 2000 levels.

"The Abbott Government is set to cook up dodgy targets, using the 2005 level as a baseline, which was a historic peak, but the community will see through that and demand credible targets and action," Senator Waters said.  

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