Protesters demanding the rejection of the Rudd Government’s Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme burned a copy of the bill outside Government offices in Melbourne this morning. The protest was called by Friends of the Earth, with Damien Lawson applying the torch:
A media release from FoE outlined the arguments against the bill:
The Government will release its exposure draft CPRS carbon trading bill on Tuesday, March 10, with Climate Change Minister Penny Wong seeking its immediate referral to the Labor-dominated Senate standing committee on economics.
The CPRS will mean big polluters will cash in while the climate problem will remain unsolved.
Come along to the federal government offices in Melbourne to show the government we want real action on climate change; for this to happen, the CPRS must not be allowed to pass.
If the CPRS passes we will be locked into a pathetic 5% emissions reduction target in the lead up to UNFCC negotiations in Copenhagen later this year. Effectively ruling us out of any global action on climate-change, and undermining effective global action.
This must not be allowed to happen!
More background can be found on the FoE website:
More protests are planned, including actions on 27 March targeting Federal MPs: