CANBERRA, AAP – Labor has defended its long-awaited climate policy as thorough, despite criticism by a former senior party figure.

Deputy Labor leader Richard Marles said the opposition would do everything it could to reach its target of a 43 per cent cut in emissions by 2030, as outlined in the policy.

“We’ve looked at specific policies, specific measures that we can take which we believe are easily achievable,” Mr Marles told ABC Radio on Monday.

“At the heart of it is reinvesting in our electricity grid so that it can take on more renewable energy.”

However, the policy has been attacked by former Australian Council of Trade Unions president and federal MP Jennie George, who said parts of Labor’s climate pledge were “unbelievable”.

Ms George took aim at Labor’s promise of 604,000 jobs being created by the end of the decade, with only 10 per cent of that figure being from direct jobs.

“While much was made of the supposed jobs to be created, no mention was made of job losses under Labor’s plan,” she wrote in a letter to The Australian newspaper.

She said “carbon workers” – those in mining and steel making – would be impacted by the policy.

The attack comes ahead of the opposition’s climate change spokesman Chris Bowen giving an address to the National Press Club later on Monday.

As part of the policy, Labor anticipates household power bill would be $275 cheaper by 2025 and $378 less expensive in 2030, compared to today’s rates.

Mr Marles said rigorous modelling was used to determine the figures.

“We will be giving rise to cheap power in this country, and that will drive economic growth, which will have a really significant impact on jobs,” he said.

“It’s important to understand this is projected nine years into the future, and when you do that, you really see how significant the impact is of revitalising the electricity grid in the way we are proposing.”

Meanwhile Prime Minister Scott Morrison unveiled a new campaign to help boost recycling rates in Australia.

The ReMade in Australia campaign will urge people to recycle more and buy goods that are made with more recycled content.

“Australians are doing the right thing and they want to be assured that the efforts they make in recycling at their homes and workplaces are delivering real outcomes,” Mr Morrison said.

“We need to recycle even more and this campaign will help consumers and businesses understand the benefits that recycling can deliver for our environment and for jobs.”

Environment Minister Sussan Ley said there had been growing concern that too many goods which could be recycled were ending up in landfill.

“I want Australians to have confidence that what they put in their recycling bin actually does get recycled,” she told ABC TV.

“All of those piles of waste that were being built up on the docks and then sent offshore, are now being turned into new products.”