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Greens to expose Labor’s $1 billion clean-energy funding black hole

With Labor announcing a climate policy that seems to largely lock in the Abbott/Turnbull $1.3 billion cut from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency, the Greens are today submitting a Senate motion calling for ARENA's currently legislated funding to retained.

Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens climate change spokesperson, who will submit the motion today for a vote tomorrow, said:

"Labor's climate policy appears to lock in most of the Liberal Party's cuts to ARENA, leaving Australia with a $1 billion black hole in clean-energy funding.

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Turnbull Government ensuring the clean energy projects announced today among the last of their kind

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency projects announced by the Turnbull Government today would likely not be eligible for funding under the Turnbull Government's proposed changes.

Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and climate change spokesperson, said the Turnbull Government had announced an end to ARENA's grants program which is critical for R&D. 

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Greens launch SA clean energy plan to power the new economy and create jobs

Greens leader Senator Richard Di Natale is visiting Adelaide today to announce the South Australian component of the Greens’ RenewAustralia plan.

“The RenewAustralia plan would see the creation of 800-1000 jobs in a state that desperately needs them, while setting a course for South Australia to be powered by 100% clean energy by 2030,” Senator Di Natale said.

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Renewable Energy

Senator DI NATALE

I move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) clean energy is the key to Australia's future prosperity and supports the jobs, investment and technological innovation that is created in Australia through clean energy technologies,

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Turnbull Government repeats Abbott’s trick in gutting the board of the Renewable Energy Agency

The Liberal Government is trying to stifle the independence of the Australian Renewable Energy Agency by neglecting to appoint new board members leaving the Environment Department Secretary as the only director, who has quorum.  

"The Turnbull Government is repeating Tony Abbott's old tricks," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and climate change spokesperson, said.

"This one is straight out of Abbott's playbook - he did exactly the same thing in 2014.

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Rhetoric about clean energy in Townsville needs to be backed up

The Palaszczuk Government needs to back up its rhetoric about the merged Energex and Ergon business using clean energy technology in Townsville.

"Queensland can be a  renewable energy powerhouse and Townsville has the potential to lead the nation in baseload solar power," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens climate change spokesperson, said.

"Townsville is connected to the National Electricity Market and has outstanding capacity for solar energy with abundant sunshine above the threshold typically required to solar thermal power stations, even during winter.   

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PM dodges coal moratorium question and says coal will relieve energy poverty

The Prime Minister has failed to properly respond to today's admirable call by 61 eminent Australians for an international moratorium on new coal mines to be negotiated at the Paris climate talks.

Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and climate change spokesperson, said:

"The group of eminent Australians are calling for an international moratorium on new coal mines and for this to be put on the agenda in Paris.

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Evidence Linc Energy told workers to eat yoghurt to endure pollution is startling

Evidence in the Dalby Magistrates Court that Linc Energy workers were told to eat yoghurt to stop the burning effects of pollution from its coal gasification project on the Darling Downs is outrageous.

"This is an absolute disgrace," Qld Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader said.

"How outrageous that Linc Energy allegedly knowingly put their workers' health at risk and that of people in the surrounding community.

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Canning to Abbott: we want clean energy, not fear

The Canning by-election is shaping up as a referendum on the Government’s performance on renewable energy and jobs, with both rated as more important in new ReachTel polling than Prime Minister Abbott’s preferred subject matter of war and terror.

“The ReachTel poll released today puts the writing on the wall for Prime Minister Abbott: jobs and clean energy rate higher for people living in Canning,” Senator Scott Ludlam said.

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