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Statement from Adam Bandt

STATEMENT FROM ADAM BANDT:

On Wednesday, I made statements about Senator Jim Molan on Sky TV in relation to his service in Iraq.

I wish to publicly say that I was wrong to make such accusations and inferences against Senator Molan.

I sincerely apologise and express my regret to Senator Molan and to those who have served in Australia’s operational theatres and to their families and friends who were offended by my comments.

I propose to make a donation to a veterans organisation as an expression of my sincerity over this issue. 

 

 

Media contact: Gideon Reisner, 0429 109 054

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Greens introduce bill for 10 days of paid family and domestic violence

Greens introduce bill for 10 days of paid family and domestic violence

 

Greens employment spokesperson Adam Bandt MP, today introduced a bill to legislate for 10 days of paid family and domestic violence leave for every employee in Australia.

“Today I was proud to introduce this bill which will provide every employee with an entitlement to 10 days of paid family and domestic violence leave per calendar year,” said Mr Bandt.

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Everyone agrees the NEM is broken: Bandt statement on inquiry into modernising Australia’s electricity grid

Everyone agrees the NEM is broken: Bandt statement on inquiry into modernising Australia’s electricity grid

Greens climate change and energy spokesperson and Member of the House of Representatives Standing Committee on the Environment and Energy’s inquiry into modernising the electricity grid, Adam Bandt MP, said that the consensus report released today shows that Parliament agrees that the rules governing our electricity market are broken.

“Now that there’s consensus that the rules that govern our grid are broken, the next step is to start fixing them,” said Mr Bandt.

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Power to the people

Power to the people: towards a publicly owned electricity grid

The Greens will seek to return the national electricity grid into public hands, starting with the vital interconnectors between regions.

The policy will help bring down electricity prices and help cut pollution by ensuring better planning and investment to underpin a clean energy future.               

The Greens also want to secure Australia’s energy independence with a publicly owned grid that will underpin the shift to electrified transportation throughout the economy.

Much of the current electricity grid is privately owned by large overseas companies, including a company registered in the Cayman Islands, as well as investment arms of other governments. Up to 50% of an average electricity bill is due to network charges.

Despite operating in a market that is low-risk and regulated, network companies have been allowed to charge excessive expenditure with unacceptably high rates of return.

A return to complete public ownership can ensure investment decisions are made in the public interest, not in the interests of profit. Returns can be reinvested in the energy transition and not sent overseas to line the pockets of big for-profit companies.

The Greens will begin the transition to return the electricity grid to public ownership by requiring the Commonwealth to acquire privately owned interconnectors. The estimated cost of acquiring the five privately owned interconnectors is $2.8 billion.

The Greens also want to see Commonwealth investment in new interconnection between South Australia and NSW to strengthen the grid and underpin new investments in renewable energy zones. Transgrid have estimated the cost of building a new interconnector between South Australia and New South Wales at approximately $500 million. The Greens would have the government build and own a new SA-NSW interconnector. The Greens would call for input on further interconnection between Queensland and the south-eastern states.

Gradually, through the means outlined below, the Greens will seek to transition privately owned transmission infrastructure in NSW, Victoria and South Australia back into public ownership. The Greens will continue to fight the privatisation of the networks in Queensland and Western Australia. Similarly, distribution networks would be brought into public ownership by negotiation over time.

While Section s 51(xxxi) of the Constitution clearly indicates the Commonwealth has the power to acquire property on just terms, the Greens will seek the return to public ownership to be accomplished cooperatively. The first step will be to reduce the guaranteed rate of return offered to network companies to at or close to the government bond level. There can be no justification for making consumers subsidise essentially risk-free investment in networks at rates of 6-7% when government can borrow at rates of closer to 2.5%. This will save consumers millions of dollars. If network companies no longer wish to operate at these more reasonable levels, they will be invited to sell their assets back to government at an amount reflective of the new rate of return. Recent changes to the limited merits review for Australian Energy Regulator decisions in relation to networks will also assist this process.

This policy applies to the distribution and transmission components of the National Electricity Market. The Greens have recently released policies for the other parts of the network: in generation, the Greens would increase the Renewable Energy Target; in retail, the Greens would reregulate prices.

 

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Innovation and Science statement dead in the water under an anti-science government: Bandt

Innovation and Science statement dead in the water under an anti-science government: Bandt

Greens spokesperson for Science, Research & Innovation, Adam Bandt MP, today applauded the ambitious plan released by Innovation and Science Australia but said that trying to foster innovation under an anti-science, anti-education government is like politely asking Pauline Hanson to stop being a racist.

“This government has no Minister for Science, has just cut $2.2 billion from higher education and, as the report outlines, is only spending a measly 0.62% of GDP on research and development,” said Mr Bandt.

 

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Climate policy travesty as pollution continues to rise

Climate policy travesty as pollution continues to rise

Greens climate change and energy spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today slammed the government’s climate review, released today, as a piece of propaganda designed to justify the government’s failed policies. The data and the policy review released today reveal:

  • Australia’s overall annual emissions in 2016-17 are estimated to have increased 0.7 per cent on the previous year to 550.2 Mt CO2 -e.
  • Australia is on track for only 5% emissions cuts by 2030 on 2005 levels - less than the 26-28% set by the government - with no detailed, credible mechanism to reach the 2030 targets
  • The government plans to make matters worse by allowing companies to purchase dodgy international permits instead of reducing their own pollution in Australia
  • The government intends to weaken its flawed Emissions Reduction Fund by shifting the goalposts and allowing companies’ pollution baselines to be increased to allow them to be more polluting
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RET cutting power bills, but ALP + Libs cutting RET: Bandt

RET cutting power bills, but ALP + Libs cutting RET: Bandt

Greens climate change and energy spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today said that the AEMC’s 2017 Residential Electricity Price Trends report shows that new renewable energy generation – driven by the Renewable Energy Target (RET) –  is expected to be the primary factor behind the significant decrease in wholesale power prices to 2020. The AEMC’s report makes it clear that the expected reduction in wholesale power prices, which account for up to 40% of the price of an electricity bill, is attributable to new generation coming online - 95% of which is renewable. However, Labor and Liberal have cut the RET and are refusing to increase or extend it.

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Bandt supports Webb Dock community protest

Bandt supports Webb Dock community protest

Greens’ employment spokesperson, Adam Bandt, today offered support to the community protest at Webb Dock and said it highlighted that Australia’s labour laws were broken.

“Australia is fast becoming a place where companies can use the full force of the law to avoid bargaining with workers over fair wages and conditions,” said Mr Bandt.

 

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Sick and disturbing that emissions continue to rise: Bandt

Sick and disturbing that emissions continue to rise: Bandt

In response to reports that Australia’s emissions over the past year are rising, with projections that our transport emissions could be the highest on record, Greens climate change and energy spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today expressed his fury at the government’s climate denialism.

“It’s hard to believe that in 2017, when every country not ruled by a megalomaniac is trying to reduce their emissions, Australia’s emissions continue to rise,” said Mr Bandt.

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AGL Liddell plan slap in face for PM: Greens

AGL Liddell plan slap in face for PM: Greens

Australian Greens climate and energy spokesperson Adam Bandt MP and NSW Greens energy spokesperson Jeremy Buckingham say energy giant AGL’s Liddell plan, released today, is a stinging rebuke to Malcolm Turnbull’s coal obsession.

The plan focuses on renewables, battery storage, demand management, new technologies and some gas peaking power to replace the ageing coal plant over coming decade. 

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