Brotherhood of St Laurence
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July 2010 Bibliography : p. 16-17

Australia's economy is currently too dependent on industries and technologies that cause pollution. The pollution intensity of the Australian economy is, for example, one and half times greater than the average of other advanced OECD countries. The consequences of Australia's dependence on pollution are not limited to climate change. In 2003, more than 3,000 people prematurely lost their lives as a result of air pollution in Australian cities and towns. Many more suffer debilitating illness, sometimes chronic, with serious consequences for families, communities and productivity. A central element of any credible plan for Australia today and into the future will be to reduce damaging pollution, to make clean energy sources cheaper and join the world's other major economies in taking responsibility for our role in climate change.



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