Greens leader Christine Milne is proud of the fact her party forced the Gillard government to make polluters pay for the first time from mid-2012.
The federal opposition argues Labor’s carbon tax will squeeze the life out of the economy but the Australian Greens insist pricing pollution will actually help create new industries and jobs.
Greens leader Christine Milne says growth in the United States and Europe is being driven by the need to move away from oil to renewable energy and the carbon tax will ensure Australia isn’t left behind.
The “zero-carbon economy” will provide “big opportunities”, she told AAP.
Renewable energy includes wind, solar, thermal and wave power.
The Climate Institute estimates the carbon tax could create up to 32,000 clean-energy jobs by 2030.
Senator Milne said the carbon price wouldn’t have become a reality without the minor party.
“The Greens made it a key component of an agreement with the Gillard government in order to give it confidence and supply,” she said.
The Greens sank Kevin Rudd’s carbon pollution reduction scheme in the Senate in 2009.
Later they extracted an additional $10 billion “green bank” for renewable and low-emissions technologies under the 2011 clean energy future package and a much tougher 80 per cent reduction target by 2050.