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Alinta misleading consumers shows why we need to re-regulate electricity prices: Bandt

Adam Bandt 20 Jun 2018

Alinta misleading consumers shows why we need to re-regulate electricity prices: Bandt

Greens climate change and energy spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today said that Alinta’s conduct shows what happens when electricity is run for profit rather than for the public good.

“When you treat an essential service like a stockmarket, companies put profit before the public interest,” said Mr Bandt.

“Big power companies have been making a motzah selling what should be an essential service.

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Re-regulation of prices needed to fix power mess: Greens

Re-regulation of prices needed to fix power mess: Greens

Greens climate change and energy spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today said that the latest AEMC report provides further evidence that the privatisation of electricity has failed, and re-regulating power prices is the only way to stop big power companies from making mega-profits out of providing what should be an essential service.

“Power companies have taken an essential service and turned it into a stockmarket. As a result, the public is getting fleeced,” said Mr Bandt.

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When the climate goes downhill, skiers won't: Bandt

When the climate goes downhill, skiers won't: Bandt

Greens climate change and energy spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today said that today's report forecasting the end of ski season in Victoria is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the expected impact of climate change on our way of life and our planet.

"Spending time in the snow is just one thing we won't be able to do as much in a warming world," said Mr Bandt.

"If the climate continues to go downhill, skiers won't.

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Wage rises not tax cuts -- Greens back push for a lift to minimum wage.

Wage rises not tax cuts -- Greens back push for a lift to minimum wage.

The Greens will introduce legislation to set the national minimum wage (NMW) at 60% of the median full-time wage, to be phased in at the earliest possible time in a manner determined by the Fair Work Commission (FWC).

The UK Government has set a target for its minimum wage to reach 60% of median earnings by 2020, rising according to increments recommended by its Low Pay Commission.

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Dutton’s refusal to answer questions about Manus death beneath contempt: Bandt

Dutton’s refusal to answer questions about Manus death beneath contempt: Bandt

Greens Deputy Leader and MP for Melbourne, Adam Bandt, said Peter Dutton was beneath contempt for refusing to explain his government’s failure to notify a refugee’s wife that her husband had died on Manus Island earlier this week.

“Someone died on Tuesday morning under Peter Dutton’s watch. Although the government had time to leak information to the press that afternoon and arrange a negative story, they failed to notify his wife,” said Mr Bandt.

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Greens urge Labor to change tack and block Turnbull tax cuts in Senate

Adam Bandt 24 May 2018

Greens urge Labor to change tack and block Turnbull tax cuts in Senate

After Labor last night voted in the House to support Turnbull’s tax plan in full, Greens Deputy Leader Adam Bandt today said that the Greens wanted to stop the government’s assault on egalitarianism and that Labor should help.

“The Greens want to stop the Liberals’ assault on egalitarianism but right now, Labor’s complicit in these attacks,” said Mr Bandt.

“Every time Labor joins in the tax cuts arms race another piece of Whitlam’s welfare state dies.

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Greens welcome Liddell sale refusal: Bandt

Greens welcome Liddell sale refusal: Bandt

Greens spokesperson for climate change and energy Adam Bandt MP today welcomed AGL’s decision to reject an offer to purchase Liddell and to instead focus on closing it.

“This is a decision our kids will thank us for,” said Mr Bandt.

“Keeping coal-fired power stations open is a recipe for more intense bushfires, worse heatwaves and more deaths.

“Coal kills. The coal-huggers in the Coalition should stop trying to prop up Liddell with public money.

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Budget ignores climate change despite rising pollution: Bandt

Budget ignores climate change despite rising pollution: Bandt

Greens climate change and energy spokesperson Adam Bandt MP said that despite the impending climate catastrophe, the budget ignores climate change and rising pollution. Instead of increasing funding for climate change, it cut funding.

“This is another budget from the Treasurer that basically encourages climate change,” said Mr Bandt.

“Scott Morrison didn’t mention climate change in his speech and only brought up renewable energy to attack it.

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Greens welcome plan to 'Repower Australia'

Greens welcome plan to 'Repower Australia'

Greens climate change and energy spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today welcomed the release of a plan to ‘Repower Australia’ and called on all sides of Parliament to embrace the need for a rapid transition to a renewable energy future.

“The release of this comprehensive plan underscores the ambition gap of the old parties,” said Mr Bandt.

“Rapidly shifting to a 100% renewable energy system is essential if we want to avoid the impacts of catastrophic global warming.

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