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Climate protesters blockade government offices

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Climate protesters blockade government offices

Post by shammy on Tue Dec 16, 2008 11:18 am

Student, environment and community organisations joined green groups in blockading government offices across the nation's major cities this morning in anger at Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's 5 per cent emissions cuts target.

Wielding banners calling for "Policy change, not Climate change", protesters in Sydney voiced their outrage at emissions cuts they saw as "half measures" at rallies outside the Federal Government offices in Phillip Street and Labor MP Tanya Plibersek's door in Surry Hills.

Led by NSW Greens MP John Kaye, community members outside the Federal Government offices called for a "climate leader, not a climate follower" in the face of emission targets they labelled a joke.

"It's not a white paper, it's a white flag of surrender," Mr Kaye said.

"Australia needs real targets that not only bring down our greenhouse gas emissions but also drive the change in our economy to create real jobs.

"It's a kick in the guts to climate and a kick in the guts to renewable energy," he said.

Mr Kaye spoke alongside Nature Conservation Council of NSW chief executive officer Cate Faehrmann and Australian Student Environment Network spokeswoman Nicky Ison.

He called the emissions target "a free kick to the coal industry" that neglected to support the Australian economy and workforce against recession through proper investment in renewable energy.

"Stiffer targets would give Australia a boost to the economy - that will see us come out of the current recession with a strong economy based on exporting renewable energy," Mr Kaye said.


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