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SA blackout report clears renewables, shows need for modern grid and new rules

The Prime Minister owes the country an apology after the Australian Energy Market Operator’s final report into the September 28 South Australian blackout showed that the fault didn't lie with renewable energy, but that the blackout came after transmission towers were blown over and incorrectly configured software was triggered, say the Australian Greens.

In response to the report, the Greens have called on the Turnbull government to fix the energy market rules to level the playing field and encourage greater battery and energy storage capacity into the market, better allowing the grid to deliver short bursts of stabilising power when it is needed.

“The Prime Minister owes the country an apology. It is now clear that the SA blackout wasn't caused by renewables but by the energy grid operator failing to ensure protective software on wind farms was correctly set up,” the Greens’ energy and climate change spokesperson, Adam Bandt MP said.

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Blood of future generations on the PM’s hands if he builds new coal-fired power station

Blood of future generations on the PM’s hands if he builds new coal-fired power station

Responding to reports that the Turnbull government may bankroll a new coal-fired power station in Queensland, Greens climate change and energy spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today said that if Malcolm Turnbull uses scarce public money to build a new coal-fired power station, he will have the blood of future generations on his hands.

“Building a new coal fired power station now is like knowing cigarettes cause cancer but starting your kids on a pack a day, or knowing asbestos kills but building your family home with it anyway,” Mr. Bandt said.

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Regulation, not inquiry, is needed to bring down electricity prices

Regulation, not inquiry, is needed to bring down electricity prices

Greens climate and energy spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today said that the Prime Minister is blind to the real causes of rising energy prices and that regulation is needed to fix the problem.

“The inquiry announced by the Prime Minister won’t bring electricity prices down,” said Mr. Bandt.

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As Hazelwood retires we need to Renew Australia

As Victoria’s Hazelwood coal power station begins to shut down, The Greens have outlined their plan for transforming the electricity sector with the establishment of a new independent public authority, Renew Australia, to short-circuit the current Federal/State stand off and lead the energy transition.

The Greens will give notice of a bill, the Renew Australia Bill 2017, in the Senate next week to establish the authority.

Recent pressures in the National Electricity Market have highlighted the need for a coherent national plan led by a strong independent authority, acting in the public interest, to plan and lead the transition to a zero carbon economy. A number of submissions to the Finkel Review have also supported the need for a new national body to oversee electricity reform. 

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Hazelwood is going silent and Abbott should follow suit: Bandt

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HAZELWOOD IS GOING SILENT AND ABBOTT SHOULD FOLLOW SUIT: BANDT

“The calls today by the Australian Industry Group and Tony Abbott to keep Hazelwood open are not just dangerous and foolish, but create false hope for a community in the Latrobe Valley that needs certainty,” said Greens energy and climate change spokesperson, Adam Bandt MP.

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PM acknowledges rising sea levels, but refuses to rule out public funding for Adani

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PM acknowledges rising sea levels, but refuses to rule out public funding for Adani

The Prime Minister has accepted sea levels are rising and threatening national security but refused to rule out using public money to subsidise the Adani coalmine, which will churn out fossil fuels and fundamentally threaten our way of life, when asked by Greens MP and spokesperson for climate change, Adam Bandt, in Question Time yesterday.

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Greens, Labor & Lambie to push joint penalty rates bill: Bandt

Greens, Labor & Lambie to push joint penalty rates bill: Bandt

A joint bill to protect penalty rates will be progressed through the Senate this fortnight after Labor and Senator Lambie joined the Greens to back a single piece of legislation, said Greens employment spokesperson Adam Bandt, putting pressure on the rest of the Senate crossbench to declare their position.

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Greens act on penalty rates; underpaid fast food, retail workers: Bandt

This fortnight, the Greens will move two bills to protect penalty rates, one to stop the Fair Work Commission's cuts from coming into effect and the other to address revelations of underpaid workers at Coles, Woolworths, McDonalds, Hungry Jacks & KFC, said Greens workplace relations spokesperson, Adam Bandt.

Protection of penalty rates

“Parliament can do something useful this fortnight and stop unfair pay cuts to young and low-paid workers,” Mr Bandt said.

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While Labor and Libs bicker on live TV, our country has no energy plan: Bandt

While Labor and Libs bicker on live TV, our country has no energy plan: Bandt

Greens Energy spokesperson Adam Bandt MP called on the old parties to stop the political theatre and start getting serious about a national energy plan.

“It’s ridiculous that something as serious as energy policy has descended into the farce of shirt-fronted press conferences and billion dollar thought bubbles," said Mr Bandt.

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More hot air from state & federal governments on gas plans

Malcolm Turnbull and the South Australian Government need to stop looking to gas as a saviour for our energy crisis and instead make meaningful changes to lower power bills for households and small businesses, the Australian Greens say. They have called for the government to put in place powers to pause LNG exports when peak demand requires gas to be available domestically.

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