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Albanese coal speech from Morrison playbook: Greens

Acting Greens leader, Adam Bandt MP, has responded to Labor leader Anthony Albanese’s CEDA speech, saying Labor is joining the Liberals by supporting thermal coal, setting Australia on a unity ticket towards climate catastrophe.

“Without a plan to phase out coal, you don’t have a plan to address the climate crisis,'' Mr Bandt said.

“Talking up renewables while continuing to back coal is straight out of Scott Morrison’s playbook. It is not going to wash.

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Increasing pollution will only make bushfires worse: Bandt

Acting Greens Leader, Adam Bandt MP, has responded to the worsening NSW bushfires crisis, warning that without a real plan to cut pollution, more homes and lives across Australia will be at risk now and into the future.  
 
“Our hearts go out to the people in New South Wales who are experiencing such great loss right now,” said Mr Bandt.
 
“We need to do everything in our power to help those affected by these devastating fires, but we can’t just stick our heads in the sand about what is fueling them. What we’re seeing right now is what happens on a heated planet. 

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Greens will fight tooth and nail against any increase to the GST: Bandt

Adam Bandt 28 Oct 2019

Acting Greens leader Adam Bandt MP has responded to moves within the government to lift the rate of the goods and services tax (GST), warning that the Greens will fight tooth and nail to block any increase.

“Today Scott Morrison’s real agenda was exposed,” said Mr Bandt.

“This government wants to hand over tax cuts to the wealthy and then make everyone else pay more by lifting the GST.

“The Greens will fight tooth and nail against the Liberals’ plan to lift the GST.

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Bandt will move to amend free trade laws

Adam Bandt 21 Oct 2019

Greens Acting Leader, Adam Bandt MP, will move to amend laws designed to implement the controversial Indonesian, Peru and Hong Kong free trade agreements currently before the House of Representatives.
 
His amendments will seek to delay the implementation of the agreements until guarantees on local jobs and protections from corporations being able to sue governments are included, and until the human rights situation in Hong Kong is resolved.
 
Many Labor members and unions are up in arms about the agreements.
 
Greens Acting Leader Adam Bandt MP said:

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Greens move to regulate coal like asbestos as IMF says carbon price insufficient

As the IMF warns that even a $111 carbon price in Australia will be insufficient to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement, Greens’ climate and energy spokesperson, Adam Bandt, announced that the Greens will introduce legislation on Monday to make the mining, burning and exporting of thermal coal by corporations and their executives (but not workers) a crime after 2030. 
 
“The climate emergency is so severe that a carbon price alone will no longer fix the problem,” said Mr Bandt.
 

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Meeting Paris targets won't protect us from catastrophic global warming: Greens

Greens spokesperson for the climate crisis, Adam Bandt MP, has warned that the United Nations Climate Summit has made it abundantly clear that even if global Paris pledges are met, it won’t be enough to avoid catastrophic global warming.

“This summit made it crystal clear that even if Australia meets its Paris commitments, that won’t be enough,” said Mr Bandt.

“The world’s Paris pledges, including Australia’s, have us on track for a catastrophic 3.4 degrees of global warming.

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If Labor abandons 2030 emissions targets, it abandons climate science

If the Labor Party dumps its current target of 45 percent emissions reduction by 2030, they will lose whatever credibility they have left on the climate crisis and prove that they’ve learnt all the wrong lessons from the election, said Leader of the Australian Greens Dr Richard Di Natale.  

“Queensland and New South Wales are burning, our firefighters and emergency responders on the ground are screaming out for support and Labor’s response is to join the climate deniers in the Liberals,” Di Natale said.  

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