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Greens plan to subsidise wages of coal workers and support communities through winding down of coal

To stop coal communities collapsing, every coal worker should have a decade of generous financial support, including wage subsidies to assist in moving to paid employment in new industries including renewables, minerals mining and green manufacturing, retrain, or take an early retirement, Australian Greens leader Adam Bandt MP has announced today.

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Snowy reimagined as Greens go big on renewables

Adam Bandt 18 Feb 2022

Greens Leader Adam Bandt MP has announced a bold plan to expand and repurpose Snowy Hydro, the Commonwealth owned corporation, to build over 25 GW of wind, solar and energy storage over the next decade, the equivalent to Australia’s current coal generation capacity. The Greens will push for this plan in balance of power after the next election.

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Biggest coal power plant closure means urgent national climate and energy plan needed: Greens

Greens Leader Adam Bandt MP says the closure announcement of Australia’s largest coal fired plant shows why Australia urgently needs a credible climate and energy plan.

Origin Energy has brought forward closure of the NSW Eraring power plant, one of the most polluting in the country, by seven years to 2025.

Despite this build up of announced coal closures before 2030, the government’s own projections that they took to Glasgow show another one to two further coal plants closing in the next eight years, which the government won’t tell us - or coal communities - about.

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Colbeck must go, for-profit aged care ended

Greens Leader, Adam Bandt, has backed Labor’s call for Aged Care Minister, Richard Colbeck, to resign, and called for an end to the dismal failure of running aged care for profit.

The Greens also reiterated their support for wage rises in the sector. In July, the Greens publicly backed the Nursing and Midwifery Federation and the Health Services Union push for an increase to aged care workers’ pay saying current wages are insulting. 

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