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Australian Greens portfolio reshuffle: Senator Rhiannon picks up Housing, Industry and Gun Control

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25 August 2016

Portfolio allocations for the Greens parliamentary team was announced today. 

Senator Rhiannon has taken on three new portfolios: Housing, Industry and Gun Control. She will retain her portfolios of Democracy, Local Government and Animal Welfare.

“Australia faces tremendous challenges, with the provision of housing affordability one of the most critical if we are to reduce inequality. I look forward to picking up on the leading work of Senator Scott Ludlam in this area,” said Senator Rhiannon. 

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Barnett transport plan provides little faith

Scott Ludlam 29 Jul 2016

The Western Australian public should have little trust in the Barnett Government's public transport plan released today, given the Government's failure to deliver on past election promises, said Greens spokesperson for sustainable cities, WA Senator Scott Ludlam.

"With the state election on the horizon, the Barnett Government is finally panicking at the reality of eight years of failure to deal with Perth's desperate need for public transport," he said. 

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Greens launch national community infrastructure fund

Scott Ludlam 30 Jun 2016

Infant health centres, jobs and training hubs, sports clubs, learning centres, libraries and community centres and service facilities will get a $100million facelift under a Green’s plan to revitalise regional, remote and outer metropolitan towns.

The Green’s National Community Infrastructure Fund would reverse cuts the Liberal-National Government made to outer metropolitan areas under the National Stronger Regions fund, who now have to compete with inner city project projects for funding.

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Greens plan to cool cities

Commercial offices, shopping centres, schools, hospitals, and hotels would be retrofitted with solar panels, ‘green’ walls and efficient appliances to slash energy usage and create healthier places to work under a Green’s plan to cool cities released today.

The $258million national Green Building Plan aims to refurbish up to 80,000 mid-tier buildings and offices across Australia to emit zero carbon pollution by 2040.

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Green’s to eliminate Australia’s housing waiting list within ten years

Scott Ludlam 29 Jun 2016

The Australian Greens would eliminate Australia’s public housing waiting list within ten years through a new infrastructure bank administering zero interest loans to not for profit organisations coupled with new direct funding to build 200,000 new homes.

The Green’s plan would construct 7,200 new homes each year through a new Affordable Housing Finance Corporation, which would harness the $2trillion sitting in super funds, and also allow mum and dad investors to invest in affordable housing supply.

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Greens stand up for renters’ rights in Brisbane

Larissa Waters 20 Jun 2016

The Greens today launched the results of their national 2016 Renters' Rights survey and announced a national election plan to protect renters, who make up 48 per cent of the Brisbane electorate and 46 per cent of the Griffith electorate.  

At a rented family home in Coorparoo today, Greens Senator for Queensland Larissa Waters said the national survey found about half of respondents spent half of their income on rent.

"With the average rent for a 2-bedroom unit in Brisbane now at $470, it's not surprising that renters are having to fork out so much of their income on rent.

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Greens to install solar panels for public and community housing

Australia's whole stock of public and community housing would be retrofitted with solar panels to ease power bills for low income earners and make them more comfortable to live in, under a Greens plan announced today.

The nationwide upgrade of Australia's 421,000 public and community dwellings by 2030 would cost $2000 per house to install a 2Kw solar PV system,  energy efficient appliances, as part of a host of refurbishments to make the homes cheaper to run and more comfortable to live in.

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Design Perth vision saves billions

Scott Ludlam 3 Jun 2016

The Western Australian government would save $94.5million for every 1000 infill lots developed compared to stand alone greenfield sites according to landmark report.

 

In conjunction with Greens Senator Scott Ludlam, Property Council of Australia, CODA Architecture and Urban Design, and Curtin University Sustainability Policy Institute (CUSP), the #designperth study builds on the findings from Transforming Perth, released in 2013.

 

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