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Greens & Unions campaign in Newcastle to back climate action package

Media Release
Lee Rhiannon 19 Jul 2011

Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon will today join with the Secretary of the Newcastle Trades Hall Council Gary Kennedy and Newcastle City Greens Councillor Michael Osborne in backing the Carbon Price Package as good news for Hunter residents, jobs and the environment.

This Newcastle visit is the start of Senator Rhiannon's Carbon Price Package tour across NSW.

"The Hunter has always been the energy powerhouse of NSW and much of the national economy. The Carbon Price Package will enable the region to continue to play this role," Senator Rhiannon said.

"The carbon price agreement is a springboard to a clean energy future and the Hunter will be at the forefront.

"I look forward to working with unions, community groups and the public to explore the opportunities in the climate action package to build concrete plans for new jobs in the Hunter.

"This is a beginning of a new future for the Hunter, allowing us to stem job losses in the manufacturing sector and create new jobs in renewables," Senator Rhiannon said. 

Secretary of the Newcastle Trades Hall Council Gary Kennedy congratulated the Government, the Greens and independent MPs for the historic agreement, saying "The compensation package is spot on and will provide support for workers, communities and industry during the transition to a clean energy future.

"Hunter residents will not be disadvantaged, with the package providing generous support for nine out of ten households.

"Opposition Leader Tony Abbott is doing his best to beat up the negative impact of this package for the economy, pensioners and workers' wages and conditions.

"The fear campaign around putting a price on pollution is just that and the region will soon reap the benefits from a new economy," Mr Kennedy  said.

Newcastle City Greens Councillor Michael Osborne said, "The $10 billion boost for renewable energy will help foster the already growing green economy in the Hunter.

"This region is already streaks ahead in terms of new investment in green power. What this package does is give industry certainty, with three years of fixed prices and a price floor for an extra three years.

"Creating a low-carbon economy in the Hunter region is now a real and exciting possibility," Clr Osborne said.

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