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WA to face 40% decrease in rainfall, as Tony Abbott moves to repeal the Clean Energy Package

Media Release
Rachel Siewert 14 Jul 2014

The Australian Greens said today that a new research paper pointing a severe drop in rainfall for Perth and the south west of the state shows the deep flaws in the Government's plan to abolish the clean energy package.

"On the day the Government is again working to dismantle the effective Clean Energy package, a new report shows that Perth and the south west of the state will see a 40% decrease in rainfall as a result of climate change," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens agriculture spokesperson said today.

"This has serious consequences for our key agricultural regions and industries, and shows the importance of taking action on climate change. We must be investing in programs to mitigate the risks and impact of a drying climate on our state's primary industries.

"A drying, warming climate is a reality that we are facing today, and research such as that released today shows how severe this problem will become by the end of the century unless we make important changes.

"The report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in the United States has linked this decline in rainfall to 'human activity'. The Clean Energy Package has implemented effective and affordable action on climate change, including a price on polluters, compensation for pensioners and low income families and the investments we need in renewable energy and jobs that will outlast the mining boom.

"It is reckless for Tony Abbott to try and wreck the Clean Energy package, taking Australia backwards.

"The Greens will continue to stand up for effective action on climate change to safeguard WA's communities and industries in the years to come," Senator Siewert concluded.


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