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Labor backs Liberal-National sell out of renewable energy in NSW

Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon says clean energy investment in NSW is under serious threat after Labor struck a deal with the Coalition today to cut $500 million from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA). 

“Today Labor took clean energy investment backwards by striking a dirty deal with the Coalition to cut half a billion dollars from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA),” Senator Rhiannon said. 

“This deal highlights the Coalition’s false commitment to innovation, and Labor’s false commitment to clean energy. 

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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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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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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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Opening of the 45th Parliament

I begin by acknowledging the traditional owners of the land that we are meeting on, the Ngunawal people, and I want to pay my respects to their elders past and present. I want to acknowledge that their land was stolen and never ceded, and I look forward to a respectful dialogue in the 45th Parliament to achieve a just settlement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in this country.

Our Constitution says:

… the Senate shall have equal power with the House of Representatives in respect of all proposed laws.

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