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SA Budget funds represent missed opportunities

Greens Senator for South Australia Sarah Hanson-Young has pointed to extra millions for Adelaide’s desalination plant and a drop in money for water reform in the Murray-Darling Basin as the weak links in South Australia’s allocation in the Federal Budget.

An extra $228 million was provided for Adelaide’s desalination plant on the agreement that it double its output from 50GL to 100GL per year, while $16.4 million over two years was cut from water reform programs for the Murray-Darling Basin.

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Infrastructure spending will be Rudd's test: Greens


The Australian Greens say infrastructure funding in the coming Federal Budget must be used to reduce Australia's greenhouse emissions and create jobs in climate protection.

"Let's get over this obsession with sheltering the big polluters of the fossil fuel industry," Greens Sustainable Cities Spokesperson, Senator Scott Ludlam said.

"Let's instead use future infrastructure spending to help workers and the country adapt to the challenges we are facing in terms of the economy and the climate.

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Infrastructure stimulus must protect climate; Unions see jobs in climate protection

New infrastructure funding in the coming Federal Budget must help reduce Australia's greenhouse emissions and create jobs in climate protection, the Australian Greens said today.

In giving evidence to hearings of the Senate Select Committee on Climate Policy in Melbourne today, ACTU Secretary Sharran Burrow and the AMWU's Dave Oliver spoke of the tremendous jobs potential in moving to rapidly reduce Australia's greenhouse emissions.

"Protecting the climate is a job for everyone," said Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Senator Christine Milne.

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Public transport and green jobs crucial to nation building

The Australian Greens say the government should prioritise green infrastructure and comprehensive public transport systems, now that it's being forced to downscale its infrastructure plans.

"Now that there is less money in the government's infrastructure kitty, it needs to prioritise initiatives that will be of positive, long term benefit to the Australian community. Public transport is an area in urgent need of attention," said the Greens Public Transport Spokesperson, Senator Scott Ludlam.

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Help Perth’s 30 high-risk suburbs: Greens

A new study identifying Perth suburbs most exposed to unemployment underscores the need for Government to create green new jobs in building public transport infrastructure, the Australian Greens say.

“Thirty suburbs, mostly in middle to outer Perth, have been identified by the University of Newcastle study as at high risk of major job loss in the recession,” Senator for WA Scott Ludlam said.

“These the areas where a high number of people rely on work in industries such as manufacturing, construction, retail and hospitality.

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Public transport, services and retraining to support crash postcodes

The Australian Greens say a new job vulnerability index placing 15% of suburbs on red alert for job cuts, highlights the need to improve public transport and provide affordable housing.

According to the index launched by the Centre of Full Employment and Equity at Newcastle University this morning, 15.2 % of Australian suburbs have high concentrations of jobs most likely to be at risk due to the global economic crisis.

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Building Resilient Cities

"The future is here. It's just not widely distributed yet" ~ William Gibson

Take a drive an hour south through the rapidly expanding growth corridor fusing Perth to Mandurah, and you'll fly past a road sign at once hopeful and heartbreaking.

'Sustainable Mandurah Home' it points cheerfully. Somewhere within the featureless expanse of brick and tile sprawl relentlessly consuming the Swan coastal plain, someone has taken the time to build a sustainable home.

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Estimates Questions on Infrastructure

STANDING COMMITTEE ON RURAL AND REGIONAL AFFAIRS AND TRANSPORT - 24/02/2009 - INFRASTRUCTURE, TRANSPORT, REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT PORTFOLIO -Infrastructure Australia

Senator «MILNE» -Mr Taylor, I want to ask if you have a whole-of-agency approach to incorporating the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions as a screen against all work that your agency does, whether it is road transport, aviation, local government infrastructure and all that sort of thing; if that screen is implemented across the agency; and how it reports back to you.

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