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Government stacked climate authority calls for coal phase out but fails to set out post-Paris pathway

Greens climate and energy spokesperson, Adam Bandt, said the government must listen to its own Climate Change Authority’s call to phase out coal-fired power, while expressing concern that the government has compromised the Authority’s ability to provide frank and fearless advice.

Tony Abbott tried to abolish the Climate Change Authority and then stacked its board with Coalition appointments, Mr Bandt said, but despite these restraints the Authority is calling on the government to do much more on climate change and energy policy.

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Greens push for national takeover of energy market after COAG fails on renewables

Greens energy spokesperson Adam Bandt today said that the Greens will push to give the Commonwealth power for a national takeover of the energy market after the COAG meeting of Energy Ministers failed to deliver a co-operative plan to support renewable energy. Mr Bandt said the Greens will move when Parliament resumes to amend the national electricity laws to make cutting pollution an overriding goal of the energy system.

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Labor must put out Frydenberg’s renewables bonfire: Greens

In response to Environment & Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg’s comments that he will proceed with the $1.3 billion cut to ARENA grant funding, Greens Energy spokesperson Adam Bandt MP called on Labor to abandon its support for the Liberals’ funding cuts.

“Labor must drop its election cut to ARENA and put out Josh Frydenberg’s renewable bonfire,” Mr Bandt said.

“The make up of the new Senate means we have an opportunity to protect the $1.3 billion of ARENA funding the Coalition wants to cut, but Labor needs to get on board.”

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Greens announce support for solar on homes and businesses

Greens announce support for solar on homes and businesses

 

The Australian Greens have today released their plan to help homes, businesses and schools embrace solar technology: Renew Australia – repowering our homes and businesses.

 

“The Greens want to see Australia powered by 90 per cent renewable energy by 2030,” said Senator Richard Di Natale, Australian Greens Leader.

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New costings show company tax cut even more expensive: Greens

New costings from the independent Parliamentary Budget Office show the Budget would be $51b better off it the government’s big business tax cuts were blocked, suggesting the measure will cost more than the $48b estimated by the government, said Greens Treasury spokesperson, Adam Bandt.

“This report delivers the death blow to any argument that big business tax cuts are affordable,” said Mr Bandt.

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Public must claw back the big bank subsidies revealed by RBA: Greens

Following the Reserve Bank’s estimate that the major banks in Australia receive implicit public support worth up to about $4 billion a year, Greens Treasury spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today called on Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten to adopt the Greens’ proposal for a ‘Public Support Levy’ on the big four banks that would raise almost $15 billion of revenue over four years. The Customer Owned Banking Association has estimated that the support is worth $2.9 to $4.5 billion.

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Australia dirtiest power station to close

Greens Energy spokesperson Adam Bandt has welcomed reports that Australia’s dirtiest coal fired power station, Hazelwood, may close, but warned that Federal and State governments urgently need to put in place polices to ensure an orderly retirement of coal fired powered stations and a transition for the affected communities.

Hazelwood’s parent company Engie is reported to have said, in evidence to the French Senate, that it is reviewing the future of Hazelwood, including possible closure.

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PEFO confirms need for more active fiscal policy: Greens

Greens Treasury spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today said the Pre-election Economic and Fiscal Outlook released today confirms there are bleak economic conditions ahead if the government continues with its fiscal policy. Mr Bandt said the time is ripe for governments to take advantage of low interest rates and responsibly increase borrowing to fund productive infrastructure, including clean, renewable energy projects. Mr Bandt added that the lowest wages growth in at least 18 years reported since the Budget confirms that now is not the time for unaffordable and unfair income tax cuts.

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Greens release plan for giant boost to science and research

The Australian Greens want to put Australia on a path to spending 4% of GDP on science and research by 2030.

Announcing the policy at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research in the electorate of Melbourne, Greens Leader Senator Richard Di Natale and Science and Industry spokesperson Adam Bandt MP said the policy would make Australia a world leader in investment in research and development.

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Auto industry left crashing while Labor & Liberals asleep at the wheel

Greens Industry spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today said the Australian auto industry has crashed because Labor and the Liberals have been asleep at the wheel. In February last year the Greens proposed a plan to allow new carmakers and component manufacturers to access the existing hundreds of millions of dollars allocated in the Automative Transformation Scheme if they were manufacturing vehicles or parts for electric or alternative fuel vehicles, or parts for renewables.  Neither Labor nor the Liberals supported the move.

 

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