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Tony Abbott’s carbon tax con unravelling: Bandt

Greens Acting Leader Adam Bandt MP says Tony Abbott is crabwalking away from his threat of a double-dissolution election, showing his promise to repeal the so-called carbon tax was all a con.
 
Mr Bandt says as long as Labor stands firm, Tony Abbott has no chance of abolishing the fixed price on carbon pollution before 2015 unless he goes to a double-dissolution election, before July 2014.
 
“Tony Abbott’s promise to abolish the so-called carbon tax is proving to be a great big con,” Mr Bandt said.
 

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Climate change means our fire services need more support: Bandt

Acting Greens leader, Adam Bandt, called today for a greater national focus on the growing fire risk that will come with accelerating climate change.

"The Greens are very concerned that unless we get climate change under control, Australia may not have enough resources to deal with the growing number and severity of fires," said Mr Bandt.

"Our emergency services, especially our firefighters, were stretched to breaking point on Black Saturday in Victoria. Unfortunately, climate change means Black Saturdays will be more likely and happen more often right around the country.

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Government should back Holden electric vehicles: Bandt

Greens Deputy Leader Adam Bandt has welcomed reports that GMH is considering plans to assemble up to 126 electric Holdens in Australia. Mr Bandt has called on the government to back the plan and make a real commitment to electric vehicles in Australia.

Mr Bandt says the government should back the GMH consortium plan and also put in place other measures, such as procurement of electric vehicles for the government fleet.

 "The Australian car industry is stalled and going backwards. Electric vehicles are the way to secure its future" Mr Bandt said.

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Climate Commission report points to Tony Abbott’s handbrake on Australia

The latest report from the Climate Commission today shows that Australia is at risk of falling behind global action to move to clean, renewable energy. The report sends a clear message that our price on pollution is a vital first step in the right direction, and it's a damning indictment of Tony Abbott's negative rhetoric, the Australian Greens said today.

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Greens welcome decision to drop coal plant

 Greens Deputy Leader Adam Bandt has welcomed a Federal Government decision to withdraw $100 million in funding to the proposed HRL coal fired power station in the La Trobe Valley.

 Mr Bandt called on the Victorian government to now also withdraw its funding.

 "After a hard fought community campaign the Minister has made the right decision", Mr Bandt said.

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Munmorah closure points to clean energy economy

The official closure of the Munmorah coal fired power plant today, two years after it was mothballed, is a clear signal that Australia is at last moving towards building a clean energy economy, the Australian Greens said today.

"With Australia now putting a price on pollution, we're already seeing that our economy will increasingly be powered by clean, renewable energy, not by coal,'" said Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Adam Bandt MP.

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