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Australia becoming Greener - Brown

The Australian Greens say the triumphant ACT election result adds to a growing list of electoral watersheds, as Australians turn to the Greens in ever-greater numbers.

Australian Greens Leader Senator Bob Brown said the Greens had won three seats in the Legislative Assembly, and could win a fourth, and would now enter negotiations with both the Labor and Liberal Parties to establish which of them would form a stable minority government.

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Leadership needed on climate and peak oil but Rudd and Nelson put up white flag

The Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition have declared themselves incapable of the kind of creative, courageous leadership needed to deal with our two biggest challenges, climate change and peak oil, Australian Greens climate change spokesperson, Senator Christine Milne, said today.

Senator Milne said, "Australians trying to get to work and school, confronted by soaring petrol and grocery prices, and horrified by the images of a dying Murray, must be tearing their hair out in frustration at the absolute failure of leadership and imagination from both the old parties.

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Greens back $10 billion investment call for mass transit; Alternatives are the only real compensation

The Australian Greens today strongly backed calls from the Bus Industry and public transport experts for a $10 billion injection of funds from the Federal Government into mass transit infrastructure as the only way to provide Australians with real, permanent relief from rising oil and carbon prices.

Australian Greens climate change spokesperson, Senator Christine Milne, said, "The Greens have long been calling for a complete rethink of transport policy in Australia, reprioritising funding from roads across to mass transit infrastructure, bike paths and walkways.

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Bartlett fuel crisis summit welcomed

Australian Greens climate change spokesperson, Senator Christine Milne, today wrote to Premier David Bartlett welcoming his commitment to holding a summit on alleviating the impact of fuel prices on Tasmanians and offering her expertise and participation.

Senator Milne said, "Tasmanians hurt by the cost of transport and facing the prospect of ever-increasing fuel prices need real, urgent relief, and I look forward to the opportunity to discuss with the Premier the best options for providing this relief.

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National Transport Crisis: PM and Premiers must act on mass transit

Australian Greens climate change spokesperson, Senator Christine Milne, today called on Prime Minister Rudd to commence an urgent COAG process to bring on fast mass transit alternatives for Australian commuters and relieve the mounting pressure on household budgets.

Senator Milne said "Australians stuck in traffic today and stretching household budgets to pay for petrol are sick and tired of the nonsense non-solutions being promoted by both the old parties.

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Stickers and coal on Environment Day: Rudd Government won't get right answers until it asks the right questions

The Rudd Government is swiftly squandering any credibility it had on climate change, Australian Greens climate change spokesperson, Senator Christine Milne, said today.

Senator Milne said, "How extraordinary that, on World Environment Day, with a global focus on climate change, our Environment Minister ducks, weaves and dances as if he were still on stage, while his colleague, the Minister for Coal, spruiks turning his favourite resource into a horrendously polluting transport fuel.

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Australian Greens Budget Reply

The arctic ice and the Saudi Arabian oilfields seem a long way from Australia and Prime Minister Rudd's 2008 budget. But they should be at the forefront of our minds as we consider what a real leader, a leader contemplating the state of the world and the wellbeing of all people, would have delivered for our nation in his first budget. Leadership means having the courage and imagination to face up to the challenges of the time and to formulate a vision worthy of the people, their future and the situation in which they find themselves.

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