Poll shows punters want action on climate change

ALMOST eight-out-of-10 Queenslanders would support Senators pushing for an emissions trading scheme if the government scraps the carbon tax according to new polling data.

The ReachTEL poll paid for by WWF-Australia contacted 3619 residents across Tasmania, Western Australia, Queensland and Victoria, all states represented by Palmer United Party senators.

The poll found:

• 74.7% of Queenslanders say it's important that the Government tackles climate change.
• 79.4% of Queenslanders say it's important that the Government meets its carbon reduction targets.
• 79.0% of Queenslanders say they would support a move to an ETS if the carbon tax is repealed.
• 65% of Queenslanders prefer a polluter pays scheme; only 15.6% support a Government funded scheme.

WWF-Australia national manager for climate change Kellie Caught said with PUP senators still "fine-tuning" their policies, the polling showed how important the issue was for voters.

"The polling shows that PUP Senators and other cross bench Senators would have the support of their constituents to negotiate the move to an ETS straight away.

"By negotiating a fair and sensible policy that ensures Australia meets current and future pollution reduction targets, the Palmer United Party and other cross bench senators could go down in history as climate change heroes," Ms Caught said.

WWF-Australia released the poll as the new batch of senators were sworn in on Monday.

Topics:  climate change poll wwf

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Snitz sizzles to win qualifier with ease

IN FULL FLIGHT: Brisbane jockey Robbie Fradd streaks clear to win the $150,000 NRRA Country Championships qualifier on board Snitz, trained by Matt Dunn, at Clarence River Jockey Club.

SHORT priced favourite sends everybody home happy.

Ballina Players brings popular military drama to the stage

ON STAGE: John Rado as Colonel Nathan Jessep and Dylan Wheeler as Lt Daniel Kaffee in the Ballina Players production of A Few Good Men.

Tickets are on sale for their new production of A Few Good Men

Triumph of dreams ... it all started with one bike

A CLASSIC: Meerschaum Vale's Col McAndrew with his Triumph 1956 Speed Twin which he will show at the Northern Rivers Classic Motorcycle Club's Show and Shine at Alstonville Plaza on March 18.

Col has six classic bikes; 100 expected at show

Local Partners