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Wednesday, 01 October 2008 08:51

WA Government must seek emissions trading compensation at COAG

UnionsWA is urging the WA Government to seek emissions trading compensation at tomorrow's COAG meeting in Perth. The introduction of the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme in 2010 will impose an estimated cost of $160 million on the State's budget.

"Australia must have an emissions trading scheme, but if the states aren't compensated where will they get the money from to pay for their increased costs?" said UnionsWA Secretary Dave Robinson. "$160 million has to come from somewhere. WA workers don't want to see government jobs and services cut to make up the budget shortfall"

"Colin Barnett has said that he will be advocating for energy giants like Woodside at COAG but he will also need to stand up for WA Government jobs and services and the interests of the Western Australian community."

The $160 million cost to WA is based on research carried out by the Australia Institute. The institute estimates that $160 million could employ more than 1,600 government workers.

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