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Time to double down on Musk's wager

Elon Musk's proposal to solve South Australia’s energy crisis with battery storage is the game changer our state needs to switch back on, Australian Greens Senator for South Australia Sarah Hanson-Young says.

“I'm not a gambling woman, but what do we have to lose here? Blackouts, expensive power bills, or cheap and clean renewable energy with reliable battery storage - the answer is staring us in the face,” Senator Hanson-Young said.

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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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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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The Big Two cutting small retailers out with latest shopper docket discount

The Australian Greens have welcomed the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) concerns about the Big Two supermarkets’ moves to cut out competition in the fuel market.

 “The real cost of the supermarkets big reward schemes will hit independent retailers, creating a fuel duopoly which will hurt South Australian consumers in the long-run,” Australian Greens Consumer Affairs spokesperson Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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Greens want more awareness for lithium battery dangers

The Greens have welcomed the ACCC’s plan to raise awareness on the dangers of lithium batteries.

 “Five children are taken to emergency wards around the country every week after swallowing lithium batteries, and we welcome any action taken to raise awareness and prevent further disasters,” Greens Consumer Affairs spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said. 

“Parents need to be aware of this danger in every Australian household and the fact that these tiny batteries can fall into tiny hands.

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Labor failing to secure car workers’ future in Vic and SA: Bandt and Hanson-Young

Responding to announcements that 500 jobs will be slashed from Holden's operations in Melbourne and South Australia, Greens Deputy Leader and industry spokesperson, Adam Bandt, has criticised the Federal government for failing to secure jobs and plan for an electric car future.

"Labor has handed over cash to Holden without getting any guarantees of job security for workers and their families," said Mr Bandt.

"Holden has received $2.2 billion in federal government subsidies over 12 years, yet they continue to slash jobs.

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Need for social media protections

The concern over a recent Instagram announcement regarding copyright laws shows how important it is to ensure we have clearly explained protections for social media users, the Australian Greens said.

“The Greens want guaranteed protections for consumers against commercial exploitation by social media corporations,” the Greens’ consumer affairs spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said today.

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Proposals to improve credit reporting and privacy long overdue and must boost protections for consumers

The Australian Greens say the government's proposed amendments to credit reporting and improved privacy protections are a long-overdue development that must result in better protections for consumers.

"These must compel credit providers to list in clear, simple language what information they are asking, how it will be used, and where it will be stored," Greens' consumer affairs spokesperson, Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young, said today.

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Greens to send Murray Darling Basin draft plan to Senate inquiry

 

The Greens have today announced they will move for a Senate inquiry into the Murray Darling Basin Authority's draft plan when Parliament resumes next week so parliamentarians can scrutinise what is being proposed.

 

"We want an answer to the basic question why did the MDBA choose 2,750 GL when the science says the river system needs at least 4,000 GL," Greens' water spokesperson, Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young, said.

 

"The basin authority has yet to justify that figure.

 

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