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Dutton hanging by a thread: Bandt

Dutton hanging by a thread: Bandt

Greens Co-Deputy Leader and Member for Melbourne today said that the one vote difference (67 in favour, 68 opposed) in his no-confidence push against Peter Dutton meant the Minister was hanging by the barest of threads. Mr. Bandt foreshadowed further action against Mr. Dutton for misleading the Parliament over the au pair scandal.

“The government has used its numbers to run a protection racket for Peter Dutton,” said Mr Bandt. 

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Angus Taylor is the Grim Reaper for renewable energy

Angus Taylor is the Grim Reaper for renewable energy

The government’s admission that it has no renewable energy policy is a direct threat to our way of life, said Greens climate change and energy spokesperson, Adam Bandt MP.

In Question Time yesterday Mr Bandt asked Energy Minister Angus Taylor whether he would support a temporary extension of the Renewable Energy Target (RET) for the life of the next Parliament. This extension would prevent investment in renewables grinding to a halt while the next government works out a new policy. In response, Taylor said:

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Gov admits it has no renewables policy and stands condemned: Bandt

Gov admits it has no renewables policy and stands condemned: Bandt

Greens climate change and energy spokesperson, Adam Bandt MP, said the government’s boast in Parliament today that it will have no renewable energy policy has condemned Australia to higher power bills, more pollution and worsening climate change. 

In Question Time, Mr Bandt called on the government and the opposition to support a Greens move to temporarily extend the Renewable Energy Target (RET) for the life of the next Parliament, allowing the renewables boom to continue while the climate and energy policy impasse is resolved after the next election.

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Climate research shows Australians back Greens plan to phase out coal

Climate research shows Australians back Greens plan to phase out coal

Greens climate change and energy spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today said that the Climate of the Nation research conducted by The Australia Institute reaffirms that most Australians want strong action on climate change and a majority understand the contribution that big energy corporations and the relentless privatisation of our critical energy infrastructure have made to high electricity prices.

This research reaffirms the need for Liberal and Labor to adopt Greens policies for strong, evidenced based action to curb pollution by closing down coal and investing in renewables, as well as unwinding privatisation by renationalising key pieces of electricity infrastructure.

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Morrison must now sack Dutton: Greens

Morrison must now sack Dutton: Greens

After further claims that Peter Dutton had a personal connection with someone he helped with an au pair issue, Greens MP and Co-Deputy Leader, Adam Bandt, said Mr Dutton’s position as Minister is no longer tenable and the Prime Minister should remove him from the ministry.

Peter Dutton made a statement to Parliament (in response to a question from Mr Bandt) that he had no personal connection or other relationship with the Brisbane-based person who asked for help with the au pair. However, Mr Dutton has recently confirmed that the person he helped was a ‘former police colleague’, also contradicting his statement to Parliament. The Prime Minister’s ‘Statement of Ministerial Standards’ requires that Ministers not mislead Parliament.

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Australia’s Pacific climate cop out a new low: Bandt

Australia’s Pacific climate cop out a new low: Bandt

The Prime Minister’s latest round of climate denial is a new low and is rightly being questioned by Pacific Island leaders, Greens climate and energy spokesperson Adam Bandt said.

According to reports, the Pacific Island Forum meeting in Nauru is set to endorse a communique that in part describes climate change as the 'single greatest threat to the livelihoods, security and well-being' of Pacific Islands.

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Taylor power price bravado is ‘hot air’ as pollution set to soar: Bandt

Greens climate and energy spokesperson Adam Bandt MP says the latest power price claims from the government’s new energy minister, Angus Taylor, are a lot of hot air. Not only will the new Minister’s approach fail to bring down prices, but it will also increase pollution. Mr Bandt said the government’s so-called “big stick” of default prices will apply to less than 20% of consumers and will not even put in place a hard ‘price cap’ for most people.

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Morrison's Ministry gives middle finger to climate change and renewable energy.

Morrison's Ministry gives middle finger to climate change and renewable energy.

Greens climate change and energy spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today reacted with dismay at the appointment of anti-wind, anti-renewables Angus Taylor as the new Energy Minister. Taylor has been a vocal critic of renewable energy, allegedly claiming that energy produced from wind farms was causing communities across Australia to “tear themselves to pieces”.

"By breaking the Environment portfolio away from Energy and handing the latter to a coal-hugger, Scott Morrison has given the middle finger to climate change and renewable energy,” said Mr Bandt.

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Coal crew has Turnbull by the throat: Greens

Coal crew has Turnbull by the throat: Greens

The coal-huggers have Malcolm Turnbull by the throat and the government has dumped any pretence of climate action, Australian Greens Co-Deputy Leader and climate & energy spokesperson, Adam Bandt MP, said today. And while the government is moving on price caps, it has stopped well short of the re-regulation that is needed and which the Greens called for 12 months ago.

“Australia is burning during winter and we’re in the middle of record temperatures and drought, but Malcolm Turnbull has dumped any pretence of acting on climate change because the coal-huggers have him by the throat,” Mr Bandt said.

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Turnbull caves in on climate: Greens

Turnbull caves in on climate: Greens

Greens Co-Deputy Leader and climate & energy spokesperson, Adam Bandt, said Malcolm Turnbull’s latest energy backflip to appease the Coalition coal-huggers puts Paris climate goals out of reach. Mr Bandt also said that the proposed new energy price measures look weak and designed to lock out renewables, when what is needed to bring bills down is the full re-regulation of electricity prices and more renewable energy.

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