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Good news for South Australia in climate package: Greens

South Australia will benefit from the historic climate action package which finally puts a price on carbon to cut pollution, the Australian Greens said today.

"The Greens went to the 2010 election promising to take action on climate change, and at last we have the results after many months of negotiations," SA Greens Senator, Sarah Hanson-Young, said.

"Voters doubled the number of SA Greens senators in the federal parliament and helped win the Greens the balance of power in the Senate, contributing to the establishment of the Multi-Party Climate Change Committee.

"Importantly, the package will deliver significant benefits such as $10 billion for renewable energy projects - something not possible under the former CPRS scheme the Greens rejected as unacceptable in 2010.

"South Australia is already ahead of the rest of the country in renewable energy and this package will give industries the security and certainty they need to continue their investments in solar, wind and geothermal projects.

"These investments will mean more long-term and cleaner jobs in South Australia to protect our children's future and also our environment.

 "People on low and middle incomes will receive tax cuts and increased social security payments to help them adjust to the changes which are necessary to create a low-carbon economy."

Sen. Hanson-Young looks forward to working with her colleagues in the federal and SA parliaments to make sure the community understands the benefits of the package and debunks the constant negativity from Tony Abbott and the Coalition.

"This package puts paid to the irresponsible fear campaigns surrounding the future of steel in Whyalla and lead in Port Pirie," SA Greens parliamentary leader, Mark Parnell, said.

"The package also signals the end of 2,000 MW from some of Australia's dirtiest coal-fired power stations, such as Playford B. There's now the opportunity to close Playford B and replace it with a solar-thermal plant."

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