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This is a remarkable alliance of four organisations that joined forces to ensure climate policy is fairly implemented and maximises opportunities for jobs and investment in Australia.
For the first time peak social, union, research and environmental organisations have formed an historic and powerful alliance to tackle climate change. These organisations represent millions of Australians from all walks of life and from all over the country.
The Southern Cross Climate Coalition is an alliance of The Climate Institute (TCI), Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF), Australian Council of Social Service (ACSS), and Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU).
In 2011, the SCCC released a joint statement Working Together, which proposed four foundations for Australia’s approach to climate change: urgency, investment, fairness and jobs.
“Action is vital if we are to begin addressing the serious impacts of climate change, but equally vital if Australia is to remain economically competitive in the face of other countries ramping up their own low-carbon policies,” said John Connor, TCI CEO.
The SCCC states that to transition to a clean economy there is a need for a price on pollution, supported by a range of complementary measures to develop clean industries and support households, workers and communities. ACF CEO Don Henry said:
A fixed price on carbon, while an important step that will help business adapt, does not, on its own, ensure carbon pollution levels will fall, so it’s vital that we move from a fixed price to a legislated cap on pollution levels.
Australia’s political leaders have an opportunity to lay the policy foundations for a prosperous, fair and competitive low-pollution economy. With a strong and rising price tag on pollution, Australia can reduce emissions and remain competitive in the emerging global low pollution economy.
The SCCC supported the efforts of the Multi-Party Climate Change Committee (MPCCC) to put a price on pollution. ACTU President Ged Kearney said:
“Australia can create up to a million clean energy jobs with the right policies, but we need them to be implemented as quickly as possible to drive investment so we can begin the economic transformation and support workers to adjust.”
The SCCC calls on all Australians to work together, constructively, to unlock the substantial enterprise and employment opportunities in tackling climate change and moving to a clean, safe economy.
“People on low-incomes will be disproportionately affected by the impacts of climate change, so we must take environmentally-effective action that protects the most vulnerable in our communities and creates clean employment opportunities,” said ACSS CEO Dr Cassandra Goldie.