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Join the CLIMATE CALLOUT: Phone the Climate Committee.

February 14, 2011

The Climate Committee  is expected to be making announcements about carbon pricing and other matters soon. 
An announcement of a low price on Carbon of around $20 per tonne is anticipated. The big polluters will disingenuously claim it will cost lots of jobs.

Feel free to use this messaging in media statements.

 Join the “Climate Callout”                                    –  phone Climate Committee members .

Tell them to:

1.  Put a high price on carbon now -and phase in  $40 – $50 per tonne”  
2.  Take real action to combat dangerous climate change: 80- 100% renewable energy by 2020.

3.   End all fossil fuel subsidies ($8.6 Billion per annum)

4.  Support solar, wind and geo-thermal power industries and new clean energy jobs   

5.  Support communities impacted by phasing out of coal based industries.  

6.  Create a new Government authority to steer a transition to a renewable energy based economy

7.   No compensation to the big polluters


The phone numbers of politicians to call are listed below. Most likely you will end up talking to a staff member.

PM Julie Gillard       Tel: (02) 6277 7700      Fax: (02) 6273 4100    Internet:
Deputy PM Wayne Swan    Tel: (02) 6277 7340     Fax: (02) 6273 3420      E-mail:
Climate Change Minister Greg Combet    Tel: (02) 6277 7920    Fax: (02) 6273 7330    E-mail:
Tony Windsor MP    Tel: (02) 6277 4722    Fax: (02) 6277 8545   E-mail:
Senator Bob Brown     
Tel:(02) 6277 3170    Fax: (02) 6277 3185           Email:

Mr Robert Oakeshott,    Tel : (02) 6584 2911,    Fax : (02) 6584 2922
Senator Christine Milne    Tel (02) 6277 3063   Fax: (02) 6277 5720    E-mail

Climate Action Canberra,  Geoff Lazarus 0419 369 206, 

                                                               Rebecca Horridge 0406 375 401

Climate Action Canberra Media Release 16.2.2011

Low carbon price means high cost for global warming 

Climate Action Canberra (CAC) today called on the Government’s Climate Committee to take immediate action on Friday to define a pathway to a safe climate for Australia.

According CAC spokesperson, Geoff Lazarus, “the key to Australia playing its part in emission reductions and rapid development of renewable energy industries is to set a price on carbon with a schedule of price increases to have coal-based electricity phased out within ten years.”

“The low price of around $20 the Government is favouring will only substitute gas for coal, locking another generation into fossil fuel power stations and more carbon pollution.”



“Instead of a confusing message about energy choices, the combination of carbon price and regulations needs to provide a compelling reason for transition.”

“We must set a phased in price of at least $40-50 per tonne that will drive investment towards a new clean renewable energy economy.”

“The Government’s low price will lock Australia into continuing fossil fuel usage that the NASA climate science chief James Hansen says is a ‘recipe for disaster’.”

“Having a safe climate for current and future generations requires taking action now commensurate with the scale of the problem.”

“It can’t be a compromise with business groups concerned about protecting their profits.”

“According to the NAB Bank, the total cost of recent floods alone could shave off 1.5% of our GDP in the March quarter.”

“If we don’t act now we will be subjected to even more extreme weather events that will, over time, impose a greater cost than the 2 to 3% of GDP per year required to take us to a clean, renewable energy economy.”

 “An appropriate price on carbon and appropriate use of its proceeds could see the creation of many thousands of renewable energy jobs and proper support for communities impacted by change.”





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