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Second reading speech: Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme legislation

I rise to speak to the Government’s Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme legislation, and indicate my disappointment in the model and approach that the Rudd Government has taken, particularly when we have seen 12 years of disastrous inaction from the coalition who continue to ignore the need for urgent action and some who continue to espouse climate change scepticism.

The Greens cannot and will not support a scheme that is environmentally ineffective and economically inefficient.

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Climate Change Rally

On Saturday 13th June, a national rally is being held in most capital cities around Australia. All five Greens Senators will be speaking at or attending rallies across Australia tomorrow calling for the CPRS to be scrapped and replaced with swift action to reduce emissions, drive renewable energy and create green jobs.

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Environmental Health Australia conference: Someone call a doctor, the planet has a fever!

I begin by acknowledging the traditional owners of this land, the Peramangk people.

I also acknowledge Minister for Health, the Hon John Hill; Mayor of the District Council of Mount Barker, Ann Ferguson; Professor Mark Daniel; other distinguished guests and speakers; and, members of the Environmental Health Profession.

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Climate change refugees a responsibility for Australia

Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young says Australia has a responsibility to support the people of Tuvalu, as a neighbouring compassionate nation.

The Tuvalu Government has appealed to Australia for assistance in relocating its population in the coming decades, due to rising sea levels caused by climate change.

“Sadly, the people of Tuvalu look set to become a nation of climate change refugees as the sea water rises and laps at its communities,” she said.

“Australia has a role to play in helping its neighbour.”

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Greens ‘New Century’ Australia Senate Agenda

The Australian Greens today outlined their vision for Australia in the new century ahead of the opening of the Balance-of-Power Senate.

Australian Greens Leader, Senator Bob Brown, said a record 1.17 million people voted Greens at the last election, and the five Greens Senators were ready to work constructively with all parties to respond to the challenges of the new century.

"Pollution, poverty, discrimination and the destruction of Australia's forests and precious environments are the legacy of the last century and decades of greed and inaction."

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