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Greens make election pledge for Solar Thermal in SA

The Australian Greens have said that they will push for the $100m Federal grant required to make a solar thermal plant in Port Augusta a reality at this election.

"A solar thermal plant in Port Augusta would bring thousands of jobs to South Australia and set up our state as a world leader in renewable technology," South Australian Greens Senator, Sarah Hanson-Young said.

"If re-elected, the Greens will push for the $100m commitment required to make a solar thermal plant in Port Augusta a reality.

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SA’s future in renewables, not ‘fatally flawed’ nuclear waste dumps

The Australian Greens have cautioned the South Australian Labor Government against rushing to a point of no return on international radioactive waste, with the release today of the final report of the SA Royal Commission into the expansion of the nuclear industry. 

"The proposal to dump international nuclear waste into an 'interim' store in South Australia is fatally flawed. Nuclear waste is an intergenerational liability, not a short-term asset," the Greens' nuclear spokesperson, Senator Scott Ludlam said.

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Labor and Liberal vote against SA jobs and Whyalla Steel

The Labor and Liberal parties combined to defeat a motion* from SA Green Senators Robert Simms and Sarah Hanson-Young in support of the steel industry in Whyalla and South Australian jobs.

"The impact of the Trans Pacific Partnership on SA jobs is clear to see in Whyalla. Our motion today sought to highlight the impact of free trade agreements on preventing national procurement and called for this to be dumped so that we can look after local jobs," said Greens Senator Robert Simms.

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Abbott's Budget has no vision for SA

The 2015 Budget has no vision for the future of South Australia, say SA's Australian Greens Senators.

Senator Penny Wright said the Government was continuing to protect big business at the expense of everyday South Australians.

"The Abbott Government has absolutely no vision for South Australia's future. Rather than finding new sources of revenue from the big end of town, this Budget cuts one vital service to fund another," Senator Wright said.

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Senate backs jobs, investment and renewable energy in SA – Liberals oppose

The Senate has passed a motion calling on the government to support renewable energy in South Australia and protect thousands of jobs by backing the Renewable Energy Target in full.

"South Australia is leading the way on renewables, with billions already invested in wind and solar, but the Abbot government is putting that at risk," Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

"Scrapping or winding back the RET will be devastating for South Australia.

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