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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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Finally, our detailed Garnaut interim report post

Back in December, shortly after the election, a couple of us from Christine's office went to see Professor Garnaut speak at ANU. We wanted to get a feel for how this man - who would now be so important - saw the big and small picture questions of climate change.We've copped a bit of flak here on the blog since then for telling it how we saw it: Garnaut, back then, did not seem to get it. He did not get the urgency of the issue, he was not up to speed on the science, he even extraordinarily suggested planting biofuel crops across Northern Australia's carbon- and biodiversity-rich savannah.

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Tracking to Kyoto shows huge potential for emissions cuts

Australian Greens climate change spokesperson, Senator Christine Milne, today welcomed the release of the latest Tracking to Kyoto paper, and called on the Rudd Government to abandon defeatism and recognise the potential for deep and fast emissions cuts implied by the paper.

Senator Milne said "If there is one key lesson from today's Tracking to Kyoto, it is that major keystone policies like an increased renewable energy target can achieve very significant cuts in emissions. The vast bulk of savings in this analysis come from the 20 million tonnes provided by Labor's 20% MRET.

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Reflections on the Bali COP

The Australian media has largely spruiked the Bali COP (Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change) as a success but this doesn't at all match the feeling of defeat and despondency that I and many others felt in Bali last Sunday - the day after the meeting finally closed.

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Bali high, Bali low, Bali compromises on climate action

Belated greetings and postings from Bali, where there was genuine excitement and warm good will last week when the new Government announced its decision to ratify the Kyoto Protocol immediately and rejoin the global effort to tackle climate change.

Sad to say, that good will is already being squandered and has already begun to turn to consternation and suspicion, as the official Australian channels return to form on the global climate negotiations.

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Australia ratifies Kyoto: now for the real work

Australian Greens climate change spokesperson, Senator Christine Milne, welcomed Prime Minister Rudd's swift action to ratify the Kyoto Protocol today.

Senator Milne said "Today is a historic day, many years overdue.

"Australia's ratification of the Kyoto Protocol is a welcome return to the multi-lateral approach of negotiating through the UN.

"Prime Minister Rudd realises that he has now legally bound Australia to meeting our targets, so real and swift action is now needed to turn around our sky-rocketing emissions.

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