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Meeting the climate change and energy challenge

Speech to All-Energy Australia 2010 Conference in Melbourne

Thank you very much for the opportunity to speak today. I am very pleased to be addressing you as the first Greens MP elected to a lower house seat at a general election. If you cross the river you will be in my electorate of Melbourne, a place that has for much of Australia's history been a centre of movements for change. And there is no bigger set of changes required at the moment than those necessary to meet the climate challenge.

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Valuing Higher Education

The Australian Greens are committed to making Higher Education a priority, even if the old parties won't.

Senator Hanson-Young, Greens spokesperson on Education, says the cornerstone of the Greens' policy is a series of initiatives to help Australia meet its target to have 20 per cent of higher education enrolments at undergraduate level coming from low SES backgrounds by the year 2020.

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Academy of Sciences climate report exposes farce of 5% target while Gillard fails to mention climate change

The Science of Climate Change report released by the Australian Academy of Sciences today shows once again that both Labor and the Coalition must significantly lift their patently inadequate 5% emissions reduction targets.

The report comes as Prime Minister Gillard failed to mention climate change in her campaign launch speech today.

"Delay and denial on the climate crisis is simply unacceptable in the light of ever clearer scientific evidence," Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Senator Christine Milne, said.

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Senator Bob Brown's address to the National Press Club - July 2010

At this National Press Club I acknowledge the traditional owners of the Canberra region and all the Indigenous people of our nation.

This year will be another milestone in politics for the Australian Greens. The sole balance of power in the Senate and a breakthrough into the House of Representatives are both within reach. Australia's voters are looking for more progressive politics and the stable, experienced leadership which we alone have produced over the past three turbulent years in Canberra.

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Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA)

Senator LUDLAM-I have questions on ACTA, the ACTA treaty negotiations. I thought that might be now.

CHAIR-That is, yes.

Senator LUDLAM-Great. I have raised a couple of these issues before. Do we have the right expertise at the table for ACTA?

Mr Gosper-Yes.

Senator LUDLAM-I am just wondering whether we could start with a quick overview of why we need this treaty at all given that part II of the TRIPS agreement covers almost all of the enforcement issues that are contained in what we understand to be the ACTA text?

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Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA)

Senator Ludlam asked:
A. Can the Department provide a brief run down on the kinds of stakeholders who you consulted with and who consulted with you prior to the decision taken to join negotiations on the ACTA?
B. What are the types of counterfeiting that the treaty is seeking to deal with?

Answer
A. On 1 February 2008, Minister Crean announced that Australia would participate in negotiations on the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA).

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Rail Manufacturing in Australia

Senator LUDLAM-You can talk about freeways, too? I am just wondering whether you are aware that UGL Rail, which is Australia's largest provider of rolling stock, is in the process of closing the Broadmeadow facility near Newcastle, which is going to shed about 200 jobs and more indirect jobs. What action, if any, has the government taken? Can you point us to initiatives that you have taken to retain rail manufacturing in Australia, particularly in regional areas, and either reflect directly on Broadmeadow or in general?

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