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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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ABC TV watchers amongst you may have seen the promos already for Christine Milne on the newish Q&A program this Thursday night, July 10, at 9.30 pm.

She will be on the panel, focussed on 'Welcome the new Senate', with Senator Helen Coonan, Minister Craig Emerson, author Linda Jaivin and everybody's favourite opinionated columnist, Andrew Bolt.

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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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Greenhouse numbers: Rubbery land-use figures mask coal rise; Transport responds to price

Australian Greens climate change spokesperson, Senator Christine Milne, today welcomed Minister Wong's release of the latest National Greenhouse Emissions Inventory.

Senator Milne said "This inventory, more than ever before, points the way clearly to what we must do to swiftly and effectively build a new, post-carbon economy."

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Transport, infrastructure, peak oil and greenhouse planning

My question is to the Minister representing the Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government, Senator Conroy. Given that the only long-term way to constrain petrol price rises, ease the pain for Australian commuters and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transport is to reduce oil demand by making system-wide alternatives more available, why is the government spending more than 20 times more on new roads, freeways, flyovers and road tunnels than it is on mass transit?

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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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Liberals wasting time in vital hearings

Australian Greens climate change spokesperson, Senator Christine Milne, expressed outrage at the deliberate time-wasting by Liberal Senator David Johnston and others in Estimates hearings on climate change tonight.

Senator Milne said, "It beggars belief that Senator Johnston could waste a full three quarters of an hour of vital hearings about an issue of global importance asking pointless and offensive questions about the details of Professor Garnaut's personal employment contract.

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