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Abbott secret plan environmental disaster: Greens

Tony Abbott's double dissolution agenda and secret policy revealed today would be a disaster for the climate and the environment, Greens Deputy Leader, Adam Bandt MP and environment spokesperson Senator Larissa Waters said today.
Labor needs to give a clear commitment before the election that they won't be spooked into caving in to the Abbott agenda because of the double dissolution threat, Mr Bandt said.

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Cramming Melbourne with high-rises is bad planning: Bandt

Greens MP and Federal Member for Melbourne Adam Bandt has said that he is greatly concerned about the suggestion from the Victorian Planning Minister, Matthew Guy, that Melbourne CBD can expend relentlessly in height and density. "

Focussing on height instead of community needs will make Melbourne a worse place to live", Mr Bandt said.

"We're already cramming people into the inner-city without providing enough community facilities, affordable housing, public transport or open space."

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Bandt welcomes end to cattle in Alpine Park

Greens MP Adam Bandt has welcomed a decision by Federal Environment Minister Tony Burke to reject the Victorian government plan to graze cattle in the Alpine National Park.

Mr Bandt said the decision was the culmination of a hard fought campaign and that he would no longer proceed with his bill to outlaw grazing in the national park.

"This is the right decision by the Minister and a victory for the campaign led by the Victorian National Parks Association."

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Car industry assistance needs to drive change: Bandt

Greens MP and industry spokesperson, Adam Bandt, says future assistance to the car industry needs to drive innovation and a shift to electric vehicles if an Australian car industry is to survive.

Minister Carr and car companies can't just blame the high dollar for job cuts. They must take responsibility for their failure to adapt to the new market.

"The car industry needs to go green if it is to survive," Mr Bandt said.

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Greens deliver stable, top-level representation

While the Gillard Labor government continues to short-change Tasmania, both the Australian Greens' leader and deputy leader are Tasmanian.

"Nationwide, Australians can look forward to continued effective representation by the Greens whether it's seeking a fairer tax burden for big corporations to fund health, education, public transport or clean energy technologies and national dental health care," Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown said in Hobart today.

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Australian Greens National Conference Press Conference - November 6, 2011

Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown, Senator for Queensland Larissa Waters, Senators for Western Australia Rachel Siewert and Scott Ludlam, and Member for Melbourne Adam Bandt spoke to the media about the Australian Greens National Conference in Fremantle, WA.

Topics included the allocation of preferences, the environmental threats posed by developments in the Kimberley, and the Nationals' call for a "discussion paper" on coal seam gas. 

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Bandt bill on alpine grazing still needed

Greens MP Adam Bandt has backed a move by the Minister Tony Burke to further extend Commonwealth environmental controls over national parks, but warned it may not stop the Victorian government's plan for cattle grazing in the Alpine National Park.‪

Greens MP Adam Bandt warned that any move to list national parks may need agreement from state governments, which could take months or years, but that any attempt to reintroduce cattle into Victoria's Alpine National Park by the Baillieu government could be overruled by his bill before the Federal Parliament.‪‪

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Bandt congratulates climate commission on forum

Greens MP Adam Bandt joined the Prime Minister, members of the Cabinet and other MPs at today's public forum held by the Climate Commission at Parliament House.

Mr Bandt congratulated the Commission on a fantastic forum and said it reinforced the need for urgent and profound action.

"The Commissioners are to be congratulated on an excellent event", Mr Bandt said.

"The Climate Commissioners clear answers to my question about the climate impact on Australia's agriculture show we have no time to waste."

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Cattle removal welcome: Bandt

Greens MP Adam Bandt has welcomed the decision of the Federal Environment Minister to order the removal of cattle from the Alpine National Park.

Minister Burke announced today that he was requiring the Victorian government to remove the cattle by April 8 until a national assessment was conducted.

Mr Bandt said he was confident that a full national assessment of the cattle trials would lead to their long-time removal, but if this was not the case he would proceed with his private members bill to permanently ban cattle from the park.

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