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I want to be able to look my children in the face

Audio I want to be able to look my children in the face, Phillip Coorey, Sydney Morning Herald, May 31, 2011 CATE BLANCHETT has dismissed attacks by Tony Abbott and other opponents of a carbon price, saying she will continue to do all she can to tackle climate change……

Equally, Blanchett said she was undeterred. ”Everyone will benefit if we protect the environment. There is a societal cost of increased pollution and that’s what I’m passionate about as a mother. That’s where it gets me in the gut,” she said. ”I can’t look my children in the face if I’m not trying to do something in my small way and to urge other people.”

Blanchett, a mother of three, and the actor Michael Caton appear in the commercials sponsored by a collective of third-party groups, including the ACTU, GetUp and the Australian Conservation Foundation. She was not paid……Blanchett said her support for a price of carbon was conditional on there being ”generous assistance” for low- and middle-income households, which the government has promised……

Mr Abbott dismissed her as a celebrity who was out of touch. ”You do not give special weight to celebrities,” he said. ”You do not give special weight to people who live half the year in Hollywood where there is no carbon tax.”

The Greens MP Adam Bandt said Blanchett was just as entitled to campaign for a carbon price as Australia’s richest woman, Gina Rinehart, was entitled to campaign against the mining tax.

”Where was [Mr Abbott] when the richest person in Australia, Gina Rinehart came out and spent tens of millions of dollars of their own money on advertisements to kill a very fair mining tax proposal?” he said.

Blanchett said Australia would be economically vulnerable if it remained a high carbon economy while its trading partners moved towards priced carbon. ”Australia is a remarkable country with incredible technical and physical resources and a capacity to be a world leader in renewables.”..

Cate Blanchett carbon tax ads cause a stir

May 31, 2011 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, people

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