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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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South Australians need better public transport to survive sky-high petrol prices

Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young has called for greater federal funding to fix South Australia’s public transport woes.

“Public transport in this state must be improved urgently, so we can get around efficiently in the years to come,” she said.

“The rising cost of petrol means many households are being tempted
to leave their cars in their driveways - if they can afford to run a
car at all. But the fact is that public transport in many areas is
woefully inadequate, which means those cars are being forced back on
the roads.

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Greens lead the way with carbon positive campaign and best climate change policies

The Greens have cemented their place as the most environmentally
progressive party, not only by gaining top marks on party scorecards by
environmental organisations, but also by running a carbon positive
campaign for the 2007 federal election.

‘Carbon positive’ means that the Greens will go one better than
running a carbon neutral campaign, and will actually offset even more
than their own carbon emissions.

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Greens challenge Labor over coal power station and climate change action

During a visit to the South East today, Greens Senate candidate
Sarah Hanson-Young has called on the state and federal Labor parties to
rule out the approval of the proposed a new coal-fired power station
near Kingston.

Both state Labor and Liberal parties have previously given their
support for the proposal for a new 300MW power station fuelled by a
dirty brown coal deposit located north of Kingston.

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