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Greens demand Labor stop public housing hand-off

Victorian Labor must not hand over 4,000 public housing properties to third parties, said Greens MP Adam Bandt, whose electorate of Melbourne has more public housing than any other in the country.

“We need more public housing, not less,” Mr Bandt said.

“Community housing is an important part of Melbourne’s housing mix, but it shouldn’t come at the expense of public housing.”

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Greens will legislate to save penalty rates and seek Labor & crossbench support: Bandt

Following the Fair Work Commission's decision today to cut Sunday and public holiday penalty rates for workers in the retail, fast food, hospitality and pharmacies, Greens Industrial Relations spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today said the Greens will move in Parliament to stop today's cuts from coming into effect and protect penalty rates from future cuts.

Mr Bandt called on Bill Shorten and Labor and other crossbenchers to join the Greens in legislating to protect the weekend and public holidays by restoring people's penalty rates and protecting them from future cuts.

"This is a body blow to the hundreds of thousands of people who depend on penalty rates to make ends meet," Mr Bandt said.

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Green energy funding for coal like health funding for asbestos: Bandt

Greens Climate Change & Energy spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today said the government moving to change CEFC rules allowing it to pour funding into coal would be like investing the health budget into asbestos.

"Subsidising coal through the green energy bank is like subsidising asbestos through the health budget," Mr Bandt said.

"The government's backing of coal over renewables is dumb, dangerous and purely ideological."

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Raiding clean energy fund for coal would kill it off: Bandt

Greens Climate Change & Energy spokesperson Adam Bandt MP said Energy & Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg's floating that the government could change the CEFC rules to allow it to fund coal projects would kill the clean energy fund off.

"Coal is dirty, harmful and more expensive than solar and wind."

"It is now clear the only way new coal power stations will be built is if the government props them up."

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Labor retreat on Renewable Energy Target a complete betrayal: Bandt

Responding to Labor Shadow Climate Change and Energy Minister Mark Butler’s announcement on Radio National this morning that Labor would no longer support a continuing Renewable Energy Target, Greens Climate Change & Energy spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today accused Labor of cowardice.

“It seems Labor has waved the white flag in Turnbull’s war on renewables. Labor’s retreat on the Renewable Energy Target is a betrayal on climate change and a betrayal of clean energy,” Mr Bandt said.

“This is incredible cowardice from Labor. Instead of fighting for clean energy, they are capitulating to the Coalition.”

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AEMO report shows gas can't handle the heat

The Australian Energy Market Operator’s report into the SA blackout last year released late this afternoon shows that gas can’t handle the heat, Greens Energy & Climate Change spokesperson Adam Bandt MP said.

“The AEMO report released today shows that when the heat was on, gas went missing in action,” Mr Bandt said.

“The report suggests that one of the gas generators in South Australia failed to operate to its full capacity because it was too hot and others became unavailable without detailed explanation. The report suggests that over 400 MW of gas was either sitting idle or unavailable.”

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Energy deceit Turnbull’s ‘children overboard' moment: Bandt

Greens Climate Change & Energy spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today said Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s blaming last year’s South Australian energy blackout on renewables was his ‘children overboard’ moment, where he knew the facts but chose to deceive.

“This is Malcom Turnbull’s ‘children overboard’ moment. Malcolm Turnbull knew the truth, but decided to lie to the Australian public,” Mr Bandt said.

“Despite immediate expert advice that last year’s SA blackout was caused by damage to energy infrastructure, Malcolm Turnbull and his Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg blamed renewables.”

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Turnbull’s coal fetish breaking energy system & making heatwaves worse: Bandt

Heatwave sun could be generating solar power to keep Australians cool, but Malcolm Turnbull is presiding over a broken energy system and will make heatwaves worse by burning more coal, said Greens Energy & Climate Change spokesperson Adam Bandt MP.

“The heatwave sun beating down right now could be landing on big solar plants and powering our fans and air conditioners, but Malcolm Turnbull just wants more coal,” said Mr Bandt.

“It’s 2017, we’re a first world country and under Malcolm Turnbull’s government the national electricity system is broken.”

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Government climate inaction screwing future for kids: Bandt

The latest warning on extreme weather released by the Climate Council today reinforces the failure of the Turnbull government to keep Australians safe, Greens Climate and Energy spokesperson Adam Bandt MP said today.

The report, Cranking Up The Intensity: Climate Change and Extreme Weather Events, says that extreme weather is getting worse as the climate continues to warm because of pollution.

“This report reinforces that our way of life is under threat from climate change and that we are screwing the future for our kids,” Mr Bandt said.

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‘Human Headline’ becomes ‘Human Backflip’ by reneging on ABCC deal: Bandt

Greens Industrial Relations spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today said Senator Derryn Hinch has gone from being the ‘Human Headline’ to the ‘Human Backflip’ after reports this morning that Senator Hinch and Senator Nick Xenophon have backflipped on their previous deal with the government on the ABCC.

“The ‘Human Headline’ has become the ‘Human Backflip’,” Mr Bandt said.

“Last year, a deal was struck on the ABCC that included some minimal protections for workers in the construction industry.”

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