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Senate backs Greens motion to secure ARENA

Australian Greens Leader Christine Milne has today welcomed the Senate's agreement that members must be reappointed to the board of the Australian Renewable Energy Agency.

"After Clive Palmer excluded ARENA from his announcement, the Greens have worked with other crossbenchers to secure both the funding and the future of the organisation," said Senator Milne.

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Greens Leader on ARENA deal

"I welcome the decision by Mr Muir and Mr Palmer to join the Greens and Labor in opposing the abolition of ARENA," Greens Leader Christine Milne said.

"However, it is extremely disappointing that Mr Palmer and Mr Muir will join Tony Abbott in voting to gut ARENA of $717 million over the next three years. I have serious concerns that ARENA won't be able to fund new innovation projects for renewable energy that we can export to the world.

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Renewable Energy Target must keep big polluters on the hook

The Australian Greens say the aluminium industry is already heavily subsidised and must not be fully exempted from the Renewable Energy Target.

"The Renewable Energy Target is working to bring down pollution and power prices, but exempting the biggest polluting industries from the scheme would just totally undermine it," said Greens Leader Christine Milne.

"The point of the Renewable Energy Target is to see the whole economy move away from this unsustainable and unhealthy use of polluting fossil fuels.

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DD trigger ready as Greens save CEFC

The Australian Greens along with communities around Australia are celebrating the survival of the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, which Tony Abbott has now twice failed to abolish through the Parliament.

"The Senate won't stand for Tony Abbott's head-in-the-sand approach on global warming, and we're not afraid of a double dissolution election over renewable energy," said Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne.

"It's time for Mr Abbott to give up. The CEFC is an excellent institution that should stay.

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Greens to set up renewable energy double dissolution trigger before July

Greens Leader Christine Milne will move in the Senate to defeat the government's plan to abolish investment in renewable energy and set up a double dissolution trigger.

"This crash or crash through Prime Minister is set to crash over his global warming denial," said Greens Leader Christine Milne.

The Greens have received advice from the Clerk of the Senate which indicates a first double dissolution trigger can be achieved before the new Senate takes its place on July 1 by bringing on a second vote on the repeal of the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC).

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Tony Abbott’s Australia only open to fossil fool business

As the Prime Minister continues his climate denial tour of the planet, Australian Greens Leader Christine Milne says he's only telling half the story.

"When Tony Abbott says Australia is open for business, jobs and prosperity, he means prosperity for his big-business mates. Tony Abbott's Australia is not open to the clever, 21st century jobs of the clean, low carbon economy," Senator Milne said.

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PM Abbott must get real on climate or risk damaging US relationship

The Australian Greens say Tony Abbott is risking Australia's constructive relationship with the United States by seeking to undo existing climate change policies, refusing to put climate on the G20 agenda and retreating from global action.

"Tony Abbott absolutely has his head in the sand on climate change. It's a national disaster and a global embarrassment as China and the USA get serious about the 2015 treaty," said Greens Leader Christine Milne.

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Protect the RET - renewables helping to cut energy prices

The Australian Greens are welcoming a report from the Clean Energy Council (CEC) that clearly makes the economic case for keeping and lifting Australia's Renewable Energy Target.

"This study supports what the Greens have been saying all along, and that is that shifting to renewable energy will help Australians save money as well as relieving pressure on our climate," said Greens Leader Christine Milne.

The CEC modelling shows by 2020, households are set to pay an average $50 less on annual energy bills, than they would if the Renewable Energy Target was weakened.

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IPCC: Greens say PM Abbott must stop blocking renewable energy growth

With a new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change calling for a rapid and radical cut to greenhouse gas emissions, the Australian Greens say it's time for the Abbott government to get out of the way of Australia's transformation into a low-carbon economy.

"The Abbott government needs to give up the protection racket for Australia's big polluters and start protecting communities. They need to get out of the way of the positive transition that's happening and stop trying to take this country backwards," said Greens Leader Christine Milne.

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