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WA’s rotten record on littering can be turned around by container deposits

Scott Ludlam 17 Sep 2013

New figures showing Western Australians are the worst litterers in the nation once again demonstrate the need for a container deposits system in WA, the Greens said today.

Greens Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam said Keep Australia Beautiful's National Litter Index for 2012-13 showed the volume of litter in Western Australia was 71 per cent above the national average, but could be greatly reduced by adopting a South Australian-style cash for containers system.

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Greens call for recycling solution for “end-of-life” tyres

Australian Greens spokesperson for waste and recycling, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, said today that Tasmanians would be questioning why they currently pay a $5 levy if old tyres are not recycled or disposed of properly and only end up polluting our environment.

"Today we are seeing another terrible tyre stockpile fire that has the potential to pollute our air and water in the Tamar Valley," said Senator Whish-Wilson.

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Greens to fill funding gap in fight against plastic threat to our oceans and wildlife

Today in Tasmania, Australian Greens spokesperson for waste and recycling, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, announced the Australian Greens' costed plan to fund research that will fill a gap in the Government's approach to the threat of marine debris.

"We are facing a global plastic pollution crisis in our oceans that both starts and ends right here in Tasmania," said Senator Whish-Wilson.

"Plastic pollution is killing our wildlife, choking our waterways and oceans, and hurting our brand as a clean, green destination.

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Greens offer solutions for poverty in WA as the old parties go missing

The Australian Greens said today that they remain the only party with effective policies on the table to reduce the incidence of poverty in Western Australia.

The new WA Council of Social Service Cost Of Living Report released today shows that a lack of affordable housing, increased living costs and inadequate levels of income support are driving Western Australians below the poverty line, with job seekers, single parents and families on low or fixed incomes most at risk.

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WA Business, Bob Brown and the Greens stand up for the clean energy economy

Greens Senator for WA Scott Ludlam, former Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown and NZ Greens spokesperson for Energy Gareth Hughes MP united with key members of the WA renewable energy industry today to warn against an attack on renewable energy policy following Saturday's Federal election.

"Every time Tony Abbott opens his mouth he is costing WA jobs and investment," Scott Ludlam, Greens Senator for Western Australia said at a joint press conference.

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Greens housing renewal plan to improve the lives of one million Australians

The Australian Greens will today launch a plan for energy and water efficiency upgrades to social housing that will improve the lives of one million Australians.

Greens housing spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said ‘Repowering Social Housing' will bring down the cost of living for those who need it most.

"The Greens' plan will put solar panels on the roof of every social housing home, will cut power bills for those who need it most, and will improve quality of life for the one million Australians living in social housing," said Senator Ludlam.

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Greens propose to grow modular housing industry for South West

The Greens today launched a plan to address the affordable housing crisis by creating a new local prefabricated housing industry in WA's South West.

Greens Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam said the manufacture and installation of prefabricated housing made with local sustainable plantation timber will be a boost for local jobs, while delivering much-needed housing.

Senator Ludlam made the announcement today in Bunbury, home to WA's largest pine sawmill at Dardanup.

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Bus boost for suburbs, new rail for freight – Greens launch more transport solutions for WA

The Greens launched an $842 million plan today to deliver express bus services, a new for old replacement fleet of hybrid electric buses, and a new dedicated freight rail line in Western Australia.

Greens Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam said the initiative commits $300 million to providing express bus services and bus rapid transit to 15 hot spots in the metropolitan area, spanning some 60km - including Express Bus Services for Ellenbrook - linking into a North Eastern Bus Rapid Transit Corridor.

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