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GREENS WILL MOVE FOR RELEASE OF SECRET POLLUTION DATA

Greens will move for release of secret pollution data

In response to reports today that the Federal government is concealing pollution data, Greens climate and energy spokesperson Adam Bandt MP said that the Greens will move in the Senate for a release of these documents when Parliament returns.

“Pollution is rising under this government and it is probably even worse than we thought,” said Mr Bandt.

“Hiding the data about pollution won’t reduce pollution. Pretending pollution isn’t rising won’t make it so.

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FUNDING NEW COAL POWER MORALLY CRIMINAL USE OF PUBLIC MONEY: BANDT

Funding new coal power morally criminal use of public money: Bandt

In response to reports today that the Northern Australia Infrastructure Fund (NAIF) is a step closer to funding a coal-fired power station, Greens climate and energy spokesperson Adam Bandt MP has labelled using public money to fund new coal power as a 'morally criminal' act by the government and has warned that NAIF directors may be in breach of their directors duties by approving any such loan.

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GREENS READY TO BACK GOVERNMENT REINING IN ELECTRICITY NETWORKS

Greens ready to back government reining in electricity networks

The Australian Greens have said they are ready to back moves to start reining in spending by power network companies, as announced by the Turnbull government today. However, the Greens are more cautious about the push to require AEMO to look at dispatchable generation, as it seems predicated on coal-fired generation remaining in the system for an unreasonably long time.

Quotes attributable to Senator Larissa Waters, Greens Deputy Leader and mining and resources spokesperson: 

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Climate Change and national security inquiry

I give notice that on the next day of sitting I shall move that the following matter be referred to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee for inquiry and report by 4 December 2017:

The implications of climate change for Australia’s national security with particular reference to:

(a) the threats and long-term risks posed by climate change to national security and international security, including those canvassed in the National Security Implications of Climate-Related Risks and a Changing Climate Report by the United States Department of Defense;

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Finkel report a political fix

The review of Australia's energy markets handed down today by Chief Scientist Dr Alan Finkel is more interested in fixing a political problem for Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten than in addressing the great issue of our times, dangerous global warming, said leader of the Australian Greens Dr Richard Di Natale and Greens Climate Change Spokesperson Adam Bandt MP.

"The goal should be to stop dangerous climate change, not find a political fix that won’t keep the climate safe or save the reef," Dr Di Natale said.

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SHORTEN’S OLIVE BRANCH ON FINKEL LOOKS MORE LIKE A WHITE FLAG: BANDT

Shorten’s olive branch on Finkel looks more like a white flag: Bandt

Greens climate and energy spokesperson Adam Bandt has warned Bill Shorten about signing up to a Low Emissions Target (LET) that’s even weaker than what John Howard proposed in 2007. Bill Shorten’s letter to the Prime Minister today suggests Labor’s ‘olive branch’ is more a white flag of surrender in the ‘climate wars’.

“Labor should not end the ‘climate wars’ by surrendering and waving the white flag,” said Mr Bandt.

“Labor’s ‘olive branch’ looks more like a white flag.

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FINKEL "COAL SUPPORT" AND "STORAGE PLAN" MAY RISK TRANSITION: BANDT

Finkel "coal support" and "storage plan" may risk transition: Bandt

Greens climate and energy spokesperson Adam Bandt MP says reports that the Finkel review may allow coal-fired power stations to operate for decades and may seek to place storage requirements on new renewable energy generators could put the energy transition at risk.

Reports today that existing coal generators will be allowed to run for decades until the end of their existing 'technical life' are also deeply troubling, said Mr Bandt.

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