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As temperatures rise across WA, Tony Abbott tears down our best defence to climate change

Media Release
Rachel Siewert 7 Jan 2014

As temperatures rise across the state, the Australian Greens said today that the impacts of global warming will continue to worsen if the Coalition's weak and flawed Direct Action plan becomes a reality.

"In a week where we will see extremely high temperatures around different parts of the state, the Abbott government continues to try and tear down the price on pollution, which is our best defence against future extreme storms, droughts and fires," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens Senator for WA said today.

"Direct Action continues to be exposed for the sham that it is, with reports today suggesting that companies will not even be punished if they fail to meet their pollution reduction targets.

"This plan will use tax-payers funds to pay big polluters to reduce emissions - and now we learn that polluters may not even be held accountable if they fail to do so. Big polluters must be well and truly celebrating, they will be let off the hook and tax payers will be left with the bill.

"It beggars belief that while people in Perth and around WA are already feeling the effects of climate change, Tony Abbott and Greg Hunt are letting their ideology get in the way of the hard facts.

"The Climate Council has warned that global warming will bring more extreme weather and heat waves and we can't pretend it's not going to happen. We must prepare for it and stop it getting worse by reducing greenhouse pollution.

"The clean energy laws are already reducing greenhouse pollution and creating jobs. It really is time for Tony Abbott to abandon his ideological rejection of the climate science and put the Australian community first," Senator Siewert concluded.

Impacts of global warming in Perth:
• Hotter weather and drier conditions could lead to extreme and more frequent fire behaviour in Perth and its surrounding areas
• The fire season will start earlier and end later. The number of extreme bushfire days will increase.
• Perth will experience more variable rainfall, stronger winds, and droughts, leaving the city vulnerable to more extreme weather events.
• Storm events and sea level rises will leave coastal areas vulnerable to flooding.

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