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Labor repeat Rudd mistake by reheating NEG instead of talking to Greens

Labor repeat Rudd mistake by reheating NEG instead of talking to Greens.

Greens spokesperson for climate change and energy Adam Bandt MP and Greens Leader Senator Richard Di Natale wrote to their Labor counterparts Bill Shorten and Mark Butler in late August after the toppling of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and the demise of his signature energy policy, the National Energy Guarantee (NEG), to open discussions on climate change policy. Up till this point, Labor has declined to substantially engage, but the party remains open to constructive engagement.

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Greens slam Liberals for continuous attacks on research and academic freedom

Greens slam Liberals for continuous attacks on research and academic freedom

Greens science and research spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today slammed the Liberals for their continued attacks on research and academic freedom. Mr Bandt said actions of Minister Birmingham and his successor, Minister Tehan, show the contempt with which the government holds the science and research community.

“The Liberals anti-science and anti-research agenda started with Tony Abbott and has continued long after his departure,” said Mr Bandt.

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Greens back union & ACF call for independent authority to manage transition away from coal

Greens back union & ACF call for independent authority to manage transition away from coal

Greens Co-Deputy Leader and climate change and energy spokesperson, Adam Bandt MP today backed separate calls from unions, a UNSW study and the Australian Conservation Foundation for an independent energy transition authority to manage the closure of coal-fired power stations. The Greens will reintroduce legislation to establish an independent statutory authority, Renew Australia, to oversee the transition of Australia’s electricity system to one based on renewable energy.

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Labor backing of Liberal coal plan outrageous: Bandt

Labor backing of Liberal coal plan outrageous: Bandt

Greens climate change and energy spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today slammed revelations from Labor that they would allow the construction or refurbishment of coal-fired power stations if the contracts were signed under the Liberals before the election. Mr Bandt also attacked Labor’s apparent confirmation that they would revive the zombie NEG to be their climate and energy policy for the electricity sector.

“Labor will have blood on their hands if they honour a contract to build a new coal-fired power station,” said Mr Bandt.

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Government’s plan to bring down prices is a con: Bandt

Government’s plan to bring down prices is a con: Bandt

Greens climate change and energy spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today slammed the government’s latest attempt at an energy plan, saying the price ‘safety net’ was a con and the coal slush-fund an irresponsible use of public money that will make global warming worse.

“This price ‘safety net’ move is an absolute con,” said Mr Bandt. 

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Wentworth lesson—plan for coal exit or get punished: Bandt

Wentworth lesson—plan for coal exit or get punished: Bandt

Greens Co-Deputy Leader and spokesperson for climate change and energy Adam Bandt MP today said that the Wentworth by-election result makes it clear that if you’re a government without a plan to tackle climate change, you need to plan for your inevitable demise. On Monday, Bandt re-iterated that an election is required as soon as possible so action can finally be taken on climate change and to end the torture on Nauru.

“The Wentworth result is the canary in the coal mindset. If you don’t have a plan to get off coal and onto renewables, voters will punish you,” said Mr Bandt.

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Butler and Price show major parties are addicted to coal and can’t tackle the climate emergency: Greens

Butler and Price show major parties are addicted to coal and can’t tackle the climate emergency: Greens

Greens Co-Deputy Leader and spokesperson on climate change and energy Adam Bandt MP today said that the response of Labor and Liberal to the IPCC’s Special Report on 1.5 degrees demonstrates that they are incapable of implementing policies that will bring about the ‘rapid and far reaching’ transition required to decarbonise the economy. Their reluctance to commit to clear policy action demonstrates that business as usual under Liberal and Labor is a death sentence for the planet.

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IPCC report hits the climate emergency button: Greens

IPCC report hits the climate emergency button: Greens

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 °C shows it is time to hit the climate emergency button, according to the Australian Greens. The Report, released today, reinforces the need for accelerated action to cut pollution in Australia, including the phase out of thermal coal exports. Action is needed before 2030.

“If we don’t quit coal, we are screwed,” said Mr Bandt.

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Greens push to establish Renewable Energy Zones across Australia

Greens push to establish Renewable Energy Zones across Australia

The Australian Greens will put in place a new Commonwealth strategy to establish Renewable Energy Zones (REZs) across Australia to drive the clean energy transition.

The Renewable Energy Zones strategy was outlined by Australian Greens energy and climate spokesperson Adam Bandt MP in an opening address to the annual All-Energy Australia Conference in Melbourne this morning.

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Greens reject push for ‘permanent casuals’ and welcome FWC ruling on flexible work.

Greens reject push for ‘permanent casuals’ and welcome FWC ruling on flexible work.

Greens spokesperson for employment and industrial relations today opposed the NSW business lobby’s proposal to create a new category of ‘permanent casual’,  but welcomed a recent ruling by the Fair Work Commission on flexible work as a move towards Greens policy, but noted that it did not go far enough to protect the rights of working people seeking to have more control over their working arrangements.

These two recent developments highlight two distinct requirements for our employment laws: to give people secure, ongoing work who deserve it and to match the hours people want to work with the hours they actually work. Two problems plaguing workplaces are job insecurity and over & under employment—and it should be a priority for politicians on all sides, not just The Greens, to implement laws that rectify these issues.

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