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Today was a historic day for Australia as the Senate approved a price on carbon pollution with the approval of the Clean Energy Future package.

For the first time, Australia will have a price on carbon, after the 36 to 32 vote in the upper house.

According to the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency Australia is one of the top 20 polluting countries in the world. Finally we may be taking some substantial action that should benefit future generations and help the Australian economy transition more swiftly into a cleaner, greener future.

Despite massive downpours in Canberra, a crew of committed supporters celebrated the event, with the filling of a time capsule to commemorate the event and speeches from Don Henry of the Australian Conservation Foundation, Christine Milne from the Greens and Penny Wong from the Australian Labour Party.

Let’s hope that the rest of the Australian community can realise the importance of this legislation and not just think of short-term vested interests or their own hip pocket.

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