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Turnbull’s fireside chat with electricity retailers won’t stop price increases: Bandt

Turnbull’s fireside chat with electricity retailers won’t stop price increases: Bandt

Greens climate change and energy spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today said that Malcolm Turnbull can fly big retailers to Canberra and beg them to reduce prices, but unless he’s willing to adopt Greens policy to re-regulate electricity prices, or secure further commitments in his next scheduled meetings, costs will continue to rise for consumers.

“Malcolm Turnbull is trying to regulate the words on power bills but the Greens want to regulate the price,” said Mr Bandt.

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Greens push to re-regulate electricity prices

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Greens push to re-regulate electricity prices

The Australian Greens will move to cap electricity prices in a push for the government to reregulate the retail electricity sector.

In the National Electricity Market, where the Commonwealth has influence, the Commonwealth would give states where retail electricity prices are currently deregulated (VIC, NSW, SA & parts of QLD) until the end of 2017 to re-regulate prices.

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Greens push to re-regulate electricity prices

The Australian Greens will move to cap electricity prices in a push for the government to re-regulate the retail electricity sector.

In the National Electricity Market, where the Commonwealth has influence, the Commonwealth would give states where retail electricity prices are currently deregulated (VIC, NSW, SA & parts of QLD) until the end of 2017 to re-regulate prices.

If they fail to do so, the Commonwealth would step in and put the Australian Energy Regulator (AER) in charge of prices. States would also be permitted to establish public retailers, which would help drive down prices.

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Turnbull's public service crackdown is straight from the Trump playbook: Bandt

Turnbull's public service crackdown is straight from the Trump playbook: Bandt

Greens employment spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today slammed reports in The Australian that the Turnbull government will impose restrictions on public servants criticising his government on social media.

"There must have been a few paragraphs missing from the leaked Trump/Turnbull transcript, because this latest crackdown on the public service is straight from the Trump playbook," said Mr Bandt.

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Renewables won’t kill people, but coal will: Bandt

Renewables won’t kill people, but coal will: Bandt

Greens climate and energy spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today responded to claims by the Liberals’ new chief propaganda peddler Craig Kelly that people will die because of renewables.

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Greens say Turnbull Government must hold the line on strong car pollution standards

Greens say Turnbull Government must hold the line on strong car pollution standards

The Australian Greens have called on the Government to not cave in to a car industry scare campaign on vehicle efficiency standards.

“Stronger vehicle efficiency standards would be a win for consumers and a win for the environment. The only losers will be the big oil companies,” said Greens transport spokesperson, Senator Janet Rice.

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Natural gas blowing our carbon budget: Bandt

Natural gas blowing our carbon budget: Bandt

Responding to today’s release of greenhouse pollution data that the government had tried to keep secret, Greens climate change and energy spokesperson Adam Bandt MP said that LNG production and coal seam gas were blowing the country’s carbon budget and taking us off-track to even meeting the Liberals’ paltry emissions targets.

“After being caught out trying to keep pollution data secret, the government has released the figures and they paint a grim picture,” said Mr Bandt.

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Greens will move for release of secret pollution data

Greens will move for release of secret pollution data

In response to reports today that the Federal government is concealing pollution data, Greens climate and energy spokesperson Adam Bandt MP said that the Greens will move in the Senate for a release of these documents when Parliament returns.

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Greens welcome Fair Work ruling on casuals right to permanent employment

Greens welcome Fair Work ruling on casuals right to permanent employment

Greens employment spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today welcomed a Fair Work Commission (FWC) decision to grant casual workers under 85 modern awards the right to become permanent employees, calling it a small step towards addressing the national crisis of job insecurity. The Fair Work Commission determined that a change to permanent work could occur if a ‘casual employee (over a calendar period of 12 months) has worked a pattern of hours on an ongoing basis which, without significant adjustment, could continue to be performed in accordance with the full-time or part-time employment provisions of the relevant award.’

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Funding new coal power morally criminal use of public money: Bandt

Funding new coal power morally criminal use of public money: Bandt

In response to reports today that the Northern Australia Infrastructure Fund (NAIF) is a step closer to funding a coal-fired power station, Greens climate and energy spokesperson Adam Bandt MP has labelled using public money to fund new coal power as a 'morally criminal' act by the government and has warned that NAIF directors may be in breach of their directors duties by approving any such loan.

“Using taxpayer dollars to fund a new coal-fired power station would be a morally criminal act by the Turnbull government,” said Mr Bandt.

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