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Speech: 'Big Stick' Energy Bills

Mehreen Faruqi 12 Nov 2019

I rise to speak to the Treasury Laws Amendment (Prohibiting Energy Market Misconduct) Bill 2019. We know that this government will use the power in this bill to keep coal-fired power stations operating for longer. This is all about funnelling taxpayer money to coal-fired power stations. We also know that the future is in renewable energy—the future of our country, the future of our planet and all those who live on it, the future of our young people and the future of those who need a just transition from coal into long-term sustainable jobs.

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Regulator says electricity bills higher under Libs than Greens/Labor carbon price: Bandt

A report on electricity prices released today by the Australian Energy Regulator confirms that electricity bills were lower when the Greens/Labor carbon price was in effect than they are now under the Liberals, said Greens energy spokesperson, Adam Bandt.
 
“Electricity bills were lower under the Greens/Labor carbon price than they are now under the Liberals, and back then we were also cutting climate pollution,” said Mr Bandt.
 
“The regulator has belled the cat.
 

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Greens declare climate emergency and support for climate strikers

At the Australian Greens National Conference last weekend, the Australian Greens moved and passed a motion declaring a climate emergency, and a motion calling on people to join in the September 20 climate strike. Greens Deputy Leader and climate change and energy spokesperson Adam Bandt MP said it was now time for other parties and parliaments across Australia to join the Greens by demonstrating their unequivocal recognition of the scale of the crisis facing us.

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TAYLOR WILL TRY AND AVOID CLIMATE ACTION FOREVER: GREENS

Greens climate change and energy spokesperson and Acting Leader, Adam Bandt MP, today said that Angus Taylor’s apparent refusal to convene the COAG energy council is more evidence that this government does not care about climate action whatsoever.
 
“The Minister for Emissions Reduction doesn’t want to reduce emissions,” said Mr Bandt.
 
“The government has no energy policy and no climate policy because it doesn’t actually care about climate change.
 

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Senior Libs must pull Pasin into line

Senior South Australian Liberals must clarify whether Tony Pasin’s push to underwrite coal-fired power is part of the Liberals’ plan for our renewables state.

 

“Liberal Barker MP Tony Pasin went on radio this morning calling for taxpayer money to be spent on new coal-fired power stations. Senior South Australian Liberals must clarify whether this is their new position,” Greens Senator for South Australia Sarah Hanson-Young said.

 

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If Labor fast tracks Adani, the Greens will strike in the inner city: Bandt

If Labor fast tracks Adani, the Greens will strike in the inner city: Bandt

Greens Deputy Leader and spokesperson for climate change and energy Adam Bandt MP today warned Labor against fast tracking Adani. Not only will this put lives at risk by making climate change worse, but Labor would be putting at risk inner-city seats in Brisbane and Melbourne.

“If Queensland Labor misreads the election results and starts hugging coal even tighter, voters in the inner city will punish Labor and shift to the Greens,” said Mr Bandt.

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Greens release plan for 270,000 new jobs

The Australian Greens have today announced that their plan will deliver hundreds of thousands of new jobs across Australia.

“The Greens have a plan for a safer climate, a fairer society and new lasting jobs,” said Leader of the Australian Greens Dr Richard Di Natale.

“Scott Morrison wants you to believe that we have to choose between our economy and the environment but the truth is that they move in the same direction.

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Garrett’s right on climate emergency, the beds are burning: Bandt

Garrett’s right on climate emergency, the beds are burning: Bandt

Greens climate change and energy spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today backed former Labor Minister Peter Garrett’s call for an incoming Labor government to declare and act on the climate emergency.

“The beds are burning and Peter Garrett is right,” said Mr Bandt.

“A million species are at risk of extinction and our world is sinking, burning and drowning simultaneously. Our government needs to respond.

“The climate emergency requires an emergency response, not business as usual.

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