The Australian Greens have called on the cross bench Senators to recognise the wide ranging negative consequences of repealing the carbon price, amid reports Traditional Owners in the Kimberley will lose millions if the package is abolished.
"We know that the carbon price is an effective and affordable mechanism for reducing emissions and driving investment in new industries, but it is also creating important opportunities for Traditional Owners and their communities," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Issues said today.
"As well as putting a price on pollution, the package offers important investment in renewable energy jobs, new technology and provides opportunities for Traditional Owners and Aboriginal groups, opportunities that are now under threat if the cross bench Senators give in to the Government's attempt to repeal these important reforms.
"Repealing the carbon price will see opportunities lost for communities across the country and will undermine land management work. Large wild fires and the impact of climate change are two of the pressures facing the Kimberley, along with the ongoing threat posed by Colin Barnett's obsession with resource development.
"The future of the carbon price has impacts for Traditional Owners and for towns and communities across remote and regional Australia," Senator Siewert concluded.