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Greens secure inquiry into Australia’s steel industry

Responding to a strong union and community campaign the Greens have secured an inquiry into Australia’s steel industry and its supply chain.

“This is a win for the people of the Illawarra, steelworkers and their families all around the country, members of the South Coast Labour Council, the Illawarra branch of the Australian Workers Union and other unionists who have been campaigning very hard to ensure the steel industry in Australia has a strong future,” said Greens Senator for NSW Lee Rhiannon.

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Turnbull should follow California as they go for 70 per cent renewables by 2030

Greens Energy spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today said the recent decision by California to increase renewable energy to 70% over the next fifteen years reinforces the Greens’ decision to push 90% renewables in Australia.

Last month Californian Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a bill to increase new renewables to 50% by 2030, on top of existing renewable production of approximately 20%. California is the world’s eighth biggest economy.

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UK to end coal-fired power by 2025, Australia must follow: Greens

In response to news that the UK proposes to phase out coal-fired power stations by 2025, the Australian Greens today called for the government to transition Australia's energy sources from polluting fossil fuels to clean, renewable energy, like wind and solar.

Greens Energy spokesperson Adam Bandt MP said:

"It's great to hear that the UK is proposing to phase out their coal-fired power stations within the decade."

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Coal power plant closure debate needed: Greens

Greens energy spokesperson Adam Bandt MP has welcomed a new study by ANU economists outlining an option for closing coal fire-power stations in Australia.

The paper soon to be published in the journal of Economic Analysis and Policy outlines a proposed new market mechanism for the early regulated closure of highly polluting power stations.

“This is a good contribution to the debate over how to deal with the legacy of highly polluting coal-fired power stations, such as Victoria’s Hazelwood, that are excess to the capacity and must be shut down,” Mr Bandt said.

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Greens encourage new Chief Scientist to champion renewables

Greens Science spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today welcomed the appointment of Dr Alan Finkel as Chief Scientist and encouraged Dr Finkel to continue to champion renewable energy through his new position.

"The Greens welcome Dr Alan Finkel's appointment as Chief Scientist as a boost to our national discussion about how to electrify Australia," Mr Bandt said.

"Although we differ with him about nuclear power, we hope Dr Finkel's appointment represents a new scientific consensus that coal's days are numbered."

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Energy market review a damp squib on reform: Greens

The Final Report of the Review of Australia’s Energy Market governance has missed an opportunity to press for badly needed reform of our national electricity market, which is holding back the roll out of clean energy, driving up consumer prices and is a barrier to real action on climate change.

The review panel has correctly identified the “strategic policy deficit” in current arrangements and the twin challenges of climate change and the growth in clean and distributed energy, but has backed away from recommending changes to market governance that are needed.

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Greens take Steel Industry Procurement Plan to NSW and federal parliaments

Following the release of the BIS Shrapnel report on a government procurement plan for steel the Greens have renewed their call for the NSW and federal governments to immediately adopt procurement frameworks for all publicly funded projects.

BIS Shrapnel recommends a minimum requirement of 85 to 90 per cent Australian steel use in all government products. Their report shows that a procurement plan would rescue the Port Kembla blast furnace.

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MOTION: Parramatta Female Factory Precinct

Senator RHIANNON(New South Wales) (15:40):

I move:

That the Senate-

(a) notes that:

(i) the green bans movement led by the New South Wales Builders Labourers' Federation, the forerunner of the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU), saved key heritage precincts in Sydney, including the Rocks and Victoria Street at Kings Cross,

(ii) the CFMEU New South Wales Branch has placed a ‘green ban' on the iconic Parramatta Female Factory Precinct,

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