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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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Greens in Illawarra to talk steel

Greens MP David Shoebridge and Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon are in Wollongong today meeting with Unions and steel workers to talk about plans to secure the future of the steel industry in the Illawarra.

With the final vote on the NSW Steel Protection Bill due next week, cross party support growing for a Federal Steel Protection Bill and local Coalition MP Gareth Ward refusing to even debate steel in the Illawarra, it essential that MPs are in the region to listen to steel workers and other residents.

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Greens MPs visiting Illawarra to talk steel

Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon and Greens MP David Shoebridge will be visiting the Illawarra tomorrow to meet with Unions and steel workers to talk steel.

With the final vote on the NSW Steel Protection Bill due next week, cross party support growing for a Federal Steel Protection Bill and local Coalition MP Gareth Ward refusing to even debate steel in the Illawarra, it essential that MPs are in the region listening to steel workers and other residents.

When:     11:00am Thursday 18 August 2016.

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Greens pledge support for ARENA and renewables in SA

The Greens will support renewable energy projects in South Australia by voting against the Coalition's proposed billion dollar cuts to the Australian Renewable Energy Agency in the Senate.

"We will vote to protect our state's renewable energy future and I call on my South Australian Senate colleagues to do the same," South Australian Greens' Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

"Gutting ARENA will have a devastating effect on jobs in South Australia. The Labor Party and the Nick Xenophon Team should immediately rule out supporting these regressive cuts.

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Old parties plan to buddy up to cut $1 billion of clean energy funding as soon as Parliament returns

The Greens condemn the Turnbull Government plan, announced today, to rip more than $1 billion from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency as soon as Parliament returns and Labor's failure this morning to rule out passing the cut. 

On RN Breakfast this morning, Chris Bowen refused to commit Labor to blocking the gutting of ARENA. 

Australian Greens Deputy Leader and climate change spokesperson, Senator Larissa Waters, said:

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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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