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Omnicuts short change ARENA and Australia’s most vulnerable

Australian Greens Leader Senator Di Natale, Spokesperson for Community Services Senator Siewert and Spokesperson for Energy and Climate Change Adam Bandt have spoken about the Omnibus bill outcome.

“Looks like the stitch up has well and truly been done, the dirty deal between the Labor Party and the Liberal Party to slash renewable energy funding and continue the attack on some of the most vulnerable people in the community,” Senator Di Natale said.

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Greens to protect renewable energy jobs in WA

Renewable energy projects in Western Australia will cease to exist without continued funding from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), which is set to have a $500million cut under a sneaky deal struck between Liberal and Labor today.

Greens co-deputy leader, Senator for WA Scott Ludlam said the Australian Greens will introduce an amendment to protect the entire $1.3billion of ARENA funding so WA can continue to support emerging new technologies such as the successful Carnegie Wave Project.

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Queensland hit hard as Labor/Liberal gut ARENA clean energy grants

Larissa Waters 13 Sep 2016

Ripping more than half a billion dollars from funding for clean energy projects will hit Queensland  jobs and the state’s renewables sector hard, Senator Larissa Waters has said.

“Ripping $500 million in grants for cutting edge renewable energy projects will be devastating for Queensland,” Senator Waters said.

“Right when our state needs more support from the Federal Government, Labor and the Liberals gang up to gut ARENA.

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South Australia hit hard as Labor/Liberal gut ARENA

Ripping half a billion dollars from funding for renewable energy project will hit South Australian jobs and the state's renewables sector hard, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young has said.

"Ripping $500m from investment in renewable technology will be devastating for South Australia," Senator Hanson-Young said.

"Right when our state needs more support from the Federal Government, Labor and the Liberals gang up to gut ARENA.

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ARENA funds 1,172 Queensland solar jobs while Labor and LNP plan its downfall

Larissa Waters 8 Sep 2016

 

Greens Deputy Leader and Queensland Senator Larissa Waters today said the 1,172 Queensland jobs funded by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency via grants to large-scale solar projects show that Labor and LNP must abandon the planned $1 billion cut to the agency. 

"Today's funding announcement from ARENA shows that cutting clean energy grants would be irresponsible and stupid.

"This money will mean 1,172 direct jobs will be created in regional Queensland, many in areas affected by the decline of the coal and gas industry."  

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Business backing and ARENA grants increase pressure on Bill Shorten

Greens Energy & Climate spokesperson Adam Bandt today said the Australian Renewable Energy Agency's awarding of federal grants to 12 large-scale solar projects across the country will give this clean energy technology a massive boost and put pressure on Bill Shorten and Labor not to support $1 billion in cuts to the agency.

Many of Australia's energy companies today have also called on the government and Labor to retain ARENA funding.

"Bill Shorten, don't kill renewable energy innovation. Don't kill ARENA," Mr Bandt said.

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Turnbull must listen to Climate Change Authority whistleblowers

Greens climate and energy spokesperson Adam Bandt says the board members who have blown the whistle on the Climate Change Authority’s unwillingness to provide frank and fearless advice were putting the national interest before politics.

Two Climate Change Authority board members, eminent scientist David Karoly and climate policy academic Clive Hamilton, have today released a minority report criticising the Authority’s climate policy and targets review, suggesting the Authority was soft-pedalling on policy and targets to match the current government line.

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Debate on the Omnicuts Bill

I think it is really important to understand what is going on here. What is going on here is that we have a piece of legislation that is going to result in a saving of $6 billion; it is an incredibly complex piece of legislation. For the benefit of the new senators, who have not even had the opportunity to look at this legislation in detail, the legislation involves the abolition of Medicare-funded dental care for young children—something that was negotiated as a result of the 2010 parliament.

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