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Greens welcome Garnaut backing

Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown has welcomed Professor Ross Garnaut's support for the Greens proposal for an interim carbon tax until the nation finalises its carbon emissions reduction strategy.

Professor Garnaut called the proposal ‘another politically practical way forward'.

Senator Brown and Greens climate spokesperson Senator Christine Milne wrote to Prime Minister Rudd last week flagging the $23 per tonne carbon tax, to begin this July and apply only to the 1000 worst polluters in Australia.

The Greens plan comes from Professor Garnaut's report, which was delivered to Mr Rudd in 2008.

However this morning the Minister for Climate Change Penny Wong peremptorily cancelled a meeting with Senator Brown and Senator Milne in Canberra today.

"Clearly the Government's answer is ‘NO" - they are in a negative blocking mood. That is unfortunate," said Senator Brown.





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