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Christine Milne calls for positive support for Australia’s carbon tax

As she called for public support from business Senator Milne said understood that it was difficult to attract coverage for positive stories because of “the concentration of media ownership”.

“But nevertheless, we have to rewrite the rules that govern our economy so that we move rapidly to a low and then a zero carbon future and sustainable living.”

Greens demand ‘progressive businesses’ attack Tony Abbott, BY: MATTHEW FRANKLIN, CHIEF POLITICAL CORRESPONDENT  The Australian June 08, GREENS Leader Christine Milne has demanded “progressive businesses”
with investments in renewable energy publicly attack Tony Abbott’s promised direct action plan on carbon change and celebrate the July 1 introduction of Julia Gillard’s carbon tax.

Senator Milne has also criticised the Business Council of Australia for rejecting environmental controls because they might “impede business investment” and attacked the media for not publishing more positive stories about the need for an economic shift toward greater use of renewable energy.

The comments came yesterday in a speech to Sustainable Business
Australian in Sydney in which Senator Milne also said her party was
helping to create “ecologically sustainable consumers” who would want
to buy the products offered by sustainable businesses.

Senator Milne succeeded Bob Brown to become the Greens Leader in April
and in her previous role as the Greens spokeswoman on carbon change,
was central to the design of the carbon tax, the imposition of which
the Greens made a pre-condition to backing Julia Gillard’s minority
government……
she said that with other business groups continuing to resist the use
of economic levers to encourage a swift transition to a low-carbon
economy: “If you don’t speak up, you will lose”.

She reserved particular criticism for the BCA, accusing it of
advocating massive investment in mining at the expense of
sustainability.

“Anything that might impede business investment must be attacked and
environmental protection is in that category,” she said.

As she called for public support from business Senator Milne said understood that it was difficult to attract coverage for positive stories because of “the concentration of media ownership”.

“But nevertheless, we have to rewrite the rules that govern our economy so that we move rapidly to a low and then a zero carbon future and sustainable living.”

June 8, 2012 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, politics

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