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The St Vincent de Paul Society's national council, the Edmund Rice Centre and Brisbane archdiocese's Catholic Justice and Peace Commission (CJPC) have expressed varying degrees of support for the Government's carbon pricing plans after they were announced in July, reports the Catholic Leader.
The government is preparing to introduce bills on the legislation into parliament this week.
The St Vincent de Paul Society called for part of the Government's carbon tax compensation to be made directly through household energy bills.
The society's national energy spokesman Gavin Dufty said the Government's "silence had been deafening" since this suggestion was made.
Edmund Rice Centre eco-justice programs co-ordinator Jill Finnane said "the Gillard carbon plan is an important and significant first step that all Australians should get behind" and spoke of The Hungry Tide, an influential new documentary on the plight of Australia's climate change-affected near northern neighbours.
Caritas Australia representatives urged Prime Minister Julia Gillard at her recent Brisbane community cabinet meeting to consider the use of some of the revenue raised from the carbon tax to help poorer countries most affected by climate change in Asia and the Pacific.
The agencies' concerns came as the Government's parliamentary secretary for climate change Mark Dreyfus told an Australian National University conference on Monday (September 5) the Government would introduce 13 carbon tax bills in the next sitting week which starts tomorrow (September 12).
Mr Dreyfus was reported as saying the Government had the numbers to pass the bills in the House of Representatives and the Senate.
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