Make a submission about the carbon price legislation

In early August the government released their draft legislation on carbon price and have invited the general public and interested parties to comment on their proposed plans.

This is a great opportunity to show broad public support for the renewable energy measures in the scheme and to let the government know we are calling on them to move fast in implementing them.

Making a submission is very easy - all you need to do is write a short email or letter using the talkingpoints (pick and choose the ones you want) and send it off with the cover sheet below.

Or, if you're short of time, click here, to download a template letter we've prepared for you. The more personal it is, the better.

Just remember, digesting the entire contents of the 739 or so legislative bills is a very optional extra!

Whichever method you choose, you'll need to get your submission in by the end of Monday, 22nd August.

If you are a local group wanting to get people in your community writing letters we have also attached a short instruction sheet and template letter you can download and use at stalls and community events.

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Some talking points you might include:

  • I am very supportive of the Government’s efforts to legislate a price on pollution before the end of the year [include your reason why]
  • As someone working to promote renewable energy in my own community [you might want to say how you are doing thisI am particularly supportive of the measures contained within the package to promote renewable energy including the $10 billion Clean Energy Finance Corporation
  • I am concerned however, about the delay in legislating the Clean Energy Finance Corporation and other renewables measures and urge the government to introduce these as fast as possible.
  • I also urge the government to ensure that:
       o   none of the $10 billion promised for the Clean Energy Finance Corporation for the first five years is provided to gas power stations, so-called 'clean coal' or any other kind of fossil fuel technology.
       o   the Australian Energy Market Operator's assessment of the technical needs for a switch to 100% Renewable Energy is concluded by the end of 2012.
       o   the new chairs of both the Clean Energy Finance Corporation and the Australian Renewable Energy Agency are free from any conflict of interest, real or perceived, that may arise from links to the fossil fuel industry.
  • I also support the agreement to see the shut-down of 2000MW of coal power and the creation of a working group to implement recommendations on energy efficiency  and urge the government to introduce these measures as soon as possible. .

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What you need to do:

  1. Fill out this Submission Cover Sheet
  2. Write your submission and address it to: The Carbon Price Legislation Branch
  3. Email your cover sheet and submission to cleanenergybillsatclimatechange [dot] gov [dot] au by August 22, 2011.
  4. Or mail to this address:

Carbon Price Legislation Branch
Climate Strategy and Markets Division
Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency
GPO Box 854
CANBERRA ACT 2601

5. CC a copy of your submission to the following people so they know there is support for the scheme:

  • your local member of parliament,
  • Minister Combet (greg [dot] combet [dot] mpataph [dot] gov [dot] au), and 
  • Treasurer Swan (wayne [dot] swan [dot] mpataph [dot] gov [dot] au)

Thanks for joining us and taking the time make your voice heard!

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Template letter text:

Dear Treasurer Swan and Minister Combet,

Thank you for the opportunity to comment on the Exposure Draft Legislation for the collection of bills for the Clean Energy Future.

I am very supportive of the Government’s efforts to legislate a price on pollution before the end of the year.

As someone working to promote renewable energy in my own community I am particularly supportive of the measures contained within the package to promote renewable energy including the $10billion Clean Energy Finance Corporation.

I am however, concerned about the delay in legislating the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, and urge the government to start implementing these components of the package immediately.

In addition I urge the government to ensure that:
• None of the $10 billion promised for the Clean Energy Finance Corporation for the first five years be provided to gas power stations, super-critical coal or any other kind of fossil fuel technology.
• The timeframe for the Australian Energy Market Operator to assess the technical needs for a switch to 100% Renewable Energy be concluded by the end of 2012.
• The Chairs appointed to head the Clean Energy Finance Corporation and the Australian Renewable Energy Agency be free from any conflict of interest, real or perceived, arising from links to the fossil fuel industry

In addition to the renewable energy measures contained within the package I am also supportive of additional measures outlined by the MPCCC, including the shut-down of 2000MW of coal power and the creation of a working group to implement recommendations on energy efficiency and look forward to seeing the plans for implementing these measures as soon as possible.

Thank you again for your hard work.

Yours sincerely,