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A Different World - Speech to the National Press Club

Thank you for your warm welcome. I begin by acknowledging the Ngunnawal people, the traditional owners of the land.

Gandhi once said, "The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world's problems."

We have reached a point in human history where 'what we do' on this planet imperils our survival. Now is the moment to re-imagine and reconsider 'what we are capable of doing'.

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Greens say Bali range of 25-40% needed for emissions trading legislation

The Greens today reiterated that emissions targets of 25 to 40 per cent below 1990 levels are the starting point for any negotiations on the Federal Government’s Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme legislation.

“Unless the world, including Australia, adopts such targets, the risk of catastrophic climate change will be too great,” said Greens spokesperson on Climate Change, Senator Christine Milne.

“Without such emissions targets, Australia risks losing the Great Barrier Reef, the Snowies and the Murray-Darling Basin.

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Rudd must intervene to protect Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area

Christine Milne 14 May 2009

Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Senator Christine Milne, today wrote to the Prime Minister asking him intervene to save Tasmania's Environment Department, save jobs and ensure that Australia meets its obligations under the World Heritage Convention.

"The Prime Minister cannot allow Premier Bartlett to abolish the department which manages one of Australia's precious World Heritage Areas," Senator Milne said.

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Environmental impacts of the proposed aluminium bmelter in Bowen

(Question No. 1288) Senator Ludlam asked the Minister representing the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts, upon notice, on 6 February 2009:

(1) Can an indication be provided of when the Australian Labor Party's election promise to incorporate a ‘greenhouse gas trigger' in the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (the Act) will be implemented.

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The ecological debt of the nation

Senator MILNE (Tasmania) (10.59 am)-I rise to address the issue of debt. I particularly want to talk about the fact that the Leader of the Opposition, the honourable Malcolm Turnbull, has been saying that he does not want to look into the eyes of future generations and tell them that they plunged the country into debt. Let me say that no government plunged this nation into further debt-it was massive debt!-than the Howard government.

Senator Brandis-We paid off the entire debt.

The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN-Order! Senator Brandis!

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Environmental Impact of Exercise Talisman Sabre 2009

Senator Ludlam: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts (transferred to the Minister representing the Minister for Defence on 19 December 2008)-

(1) What environmental impact studies have been conducted in relation to the planned Exercise Talisman Sabre 2009, which will involve the movement of tens of thousands of troops, with associated tanks and other military hardware, on the fragile ecosystems of the Shoalwater Bay Military Training Area in Central Queensland.

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