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Pricing carbon makes Australia a world leader in action against climate change - WA Greens

WA Senators Rachel Siewert and Scott Ludlam say today's historic carbon price vote is the start of serious action on climate change.

"The passage of the Clean Energy Future package through the Senate represents a new beginning for our economy, with new industries and new jobs being created," Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

"I am particularly pleased with the strong opportunities that will be created for rural and regional Australia and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people through the Carbon Farming Initiatives and supports for Indigenous land management. This package invests $1.7 billion in protecting our environment and supporting farmers.

"The clean energy package ensures assistance will be given to nine out of ten Australians, through tax cuts and higher pensions and benefits," said Senator Siewert.

"An economy based on clean energy will lead to job creation and will see Australia set a leading international standard on action on climate change," Senator Scott Ludlam said.

"Western Australia is well placed to capitalise on the Clean Energy Future package's investment of $13 billion for renewable energy. This package protects jobs and drives a transformation of our economy.

"As one of the world's biggest polluters, Australia has taken a strong step towards a future of 100% renewable energy," said Senator Ludlam.

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