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Minister Hunt’s empty threat to carbon price

The Abbott government is getting way ahead of itself in trying to halt the auction of carbon units, say the Australian Greens.

Today the Environment Minister registered the Clean Energy Auction Revocation Determination 2014, which will come into effect tomorrow; that is, until it is disallowed at the Senate's first opportunity, next Monday.

"Industry should take zero notice of this political stunt from the Abbott Government," says Australian Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne.

"The Greens will move to disallow it."

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PM Abbott runs away in face of global warming

Australian Greens Leader Christine Milne has welcomed news that new Labor Leader Bill Shorten will defend the price on pollution and says Prime Minister Tony Abbott has no mandate to dismantle it.

"The writing is on the wall in terms of extreme fires, floods, droughts and heatwaves. Tony Abbott may have a mandate to lead the government of the nation, but he doesn't have one to stand by and watch it swelter and burn," Senator Milne said.

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Big step for Australia and the world in genuine action to cut pollution

Significant changes to Australia's pollution price announced today, following extensive negotiations between the government, the Greens and the European Commission, will deliver a big step forward for genuine action to cut pollution both in Australia and globally.

"This is a red letter day in building global cooperation to tackle global warming, but it is also a hugely important step in building a clean energy economy in Australia and making our pollution pricing scheme as effective, credible and long-term as possible," Australian Greens Leader, Senator Christine Milne, said.

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Climate Change Authority Board to recommend how much and how fast we cut pollution

The announcement of the Board of the Climate Change Authority today brings Australia another step closer to cutting the pollution that drives global warming in line with what the science tells us is needed, the Australian Greens said today.

"The key job of the Authority is to recommend the short and long term carbon budgets which will set how much and how fast we cut the pollution that drives global warming," Australian Greens Leader, Senator Christine Milne said.

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Floor price speculation undermines climate action and business certainty

Rob Oakeshott's speculation that he may move to disallow the floor price that was agreed by the Multi-Party Climate Change Committee would undermine both climate action and business certainty while providing no benefits to the community, the Australian Greens said today.

"A floor price for carbon after the fixed price period provides business with certainty out to 2018, driving faster investment in cleaner technology and better results for the climate," Australian Greens Leader, Senator Christine Milne, said.

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Time for leaders who support the carbon price to stand up and be counted

The Australian Greens today urged leaders across business and the community who support putting a price on carbon to tackle the climate crisis to have the courage of their convictions and publicly support the reform.

"It's time for those who know we can make this nation competitive in a rapidly changing world to stand up and say so," Australian Greens Acting Leader, Senator Christine Milne, said.

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Liberal Premiers put climate heat on Abbott

Far from advancing the Coalition's position on climate change for the federal election, the Liberal State Premiers are heaping pressure on Tony Abbott on carbon pricing by abandoning all their own climate schemes and handing full responsibility to the Commonwealth, the Australian Greens said today.

"The Australian community and business are going to have to choose between the past and the future at the 2013 election," Australian Greens Acting Leader, Senator Christine Milne, said.

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