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Greens welcome ACTU climate action

Australian Greens Deputy Leader and spokesperson on climate and energy, Adam Bandt MP, has welcomed the ACTU’s adoption at its National Congress of a strong platform for action on climate change.

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AEMO report shows only ‘6 coal-fired power stations’ will be left: Bandt

Despite government spin, the electricity market operator’s plan released today shows a future with almost no coal-fired power is coming, Greens climate and energy spokesperson Adam Bandt MP said today.

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If you’re ‘technology agnostic’ you’re committing a climate crime: Bandt

If you’re ‘technology agnostic’ you’re committing a climate crime: Bandt

Greens Acting Leader and climate change and energy spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today said that the myth peddled by Malcolm Turnbull and the ACCC that energy policy should be "technology agnostic" is committing a climate crime.

“When it comes to electricity, if you’re “technology agnostic” you’re committing a climate crime. Coal kills. Renewables don’t,” said Mr Bandt.

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ACCC diagnoses energy ‘market’ broken, but prescription will make problems worse: Bandt

ACCC diagnoses energy ‘market’ broken, but prescription will make problems worse: Bandt

Greens Acting Leader and climate change and energy spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today said that the ACCC report shows that treating electricity like a stockmarket has failed, but that it calls for more of the same in the vain hope of a different outcome. Mr Bandt also said the government must rule out the ACCC’s proposals to axe support for rooftop solar and to provide new public funds to gas- and coal-fired power stations

“Electricity is an essential service and bringing in more companies to make more money out of selling it won’t cut power bills,” said Mr Bandt.

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Greens launch push for parliamentary commission of inquiry into the failures of deregulation and privatisation of electricity retailers.

Greens launch push for parliamentary commission of inquiry into the failures of deregulation and privatisation of electricity retailers.

 

Greens Acting Leader and energy spokesperson, Adam Bandt MP, today announced that the Greens will introduce a bill into both the Senate and the House of Representatives to establish a parliamentary commission of inquiry into the excessive profiteering and the failure of deregulation and privatisation of the retail electricity sector. 

 

The Greens will seek talks with Labor as well as with Coalition backbenchers calling for a Royal Commission into electricity retailers to determine whether or not they are serious about winding back the privatisation and deregulation that have led to excessive power bills.

 

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Abbott channelling Trump to sabotage NEG: Bandt

Abbott channelling Trump to sabotage NEG: Bandt

Greens Acting Leader and climate change and energy spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today slammed Tony Abbott for calling on the government to abandon the Paris Agreement. Bandt said that Abbott’s comments coincide with a push from the coal-hugging National party to establish a $5 billion coal fund, both of which are designed to sabotage the NEG. Bandt is demanding that Josh Frydenberg provide all details of the government’s energy package before the upcoming COAG meeting in August.

“Tony Abbott will only be satisfied when a verse about coal-fired power stations is inserted into our national anthem,” said Mr Bandt.

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Grattan report shows market era is over for electricity: Bandt

Grattan report shows market era is over for electricity: Bandt

Greens climate change and energy spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today said that the report released by The Grattan Institute shows the consequences of running the electricity grid like a stockmarket, instead of as a public good. Bandt called on the government to take immediate action to re-introduce regulated electricity prices and to support a Greens push to bring the electricity grid back into public hands.

“Electricity is an essential public service that is being run like a stockmarket,” said Mr Bandt.

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Greens launch industrial relations platform

Greens launch industrial relations platform

Greens spokesperson for industrial relations Adam Bandt MP will today launch ‘Good Work: The Greens’ 10 industrial relations principles for re-writing our labour laws’. The ten principles contained in the policy form the foundation of the Greens’ industrial relations vision for a more equal Australia, and will guide the Greens’ approach in the next Parliament. The Greens have previously endorsed the ACTU’s ‘Change the Rules’ campaign and this comprehensive policy provides hope that new laws could pass the next Senate.

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Bandt introduces bill to lift minimum wage

Bandt introduces bill to lift minimum wage

Greens employment spokesperson and former industrial relations lawyer, Adam Bandt MP, today introduced legislation into the House of Representatives that would set the national minimum wage at 60% of the median full-time wage, to be phased in by the Fair Work Commission (FWC). The FWC will determine the phase in period, which must be no longer than 6 years, and will be required to publish a timetable for the intended phase-in of increases to meet the requirement at the earliest possible time. The FWC must have regard to matters including reducing inequality, the state of the economy and the circumstances of particular industries and classes of employers.

“In a rich country like Australia, people earning a full-time wage shouldn’t be living in poverty and struggling to make ends meet,” said Mr Bandt.

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Alinta misleading consumers shows why we need to re-regulate electricity prices: Bandt

Alinta misleading consumers shows why we need to re-regulate electricity prices: Bandt

Greens climate change and energy spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today said that Alinta’s conduct shows what happens when electricity is run for profit rather than for the public good.

“When you treat an essential service like a stockmarket, companies put profit before the public interest,” said Mr Bandt.

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