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Australia is an 'embarassment' on climate change

Were you to arrive in Australia and read the front pages of our newspapers you would be forgiven for thinking that we are living in some type of black hole, devoid of information, news and expert opinion from the rest the world.

What other possible explanation could there be for the ignorance of those who warn of the end of civilisation were a carbon tax to established than by claiming Australia would be out on a limb, leading the world.

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Greens back levy after $100 million win on solar and support for affordable housing, education

The Australian Greens will support the flood levy in the House of Representatives and the Senate after important gains from the Government on their proposed funding cuts.

Greens Leader Bob Brown, Deputy Leader Christine Milne and MP Adam Bandt took their concerns directly to the government and negotiated a good outcome that will release funding for flood recovery and protect key programs.

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Government must fix environment funding program: Greens

The Australian Greens have called on the Federal Government to urgently reform its Caring for Our Country program because it is having a negative impact on the community's ability to carry out land repair activities.

Senator Rachel Siewert speaking on the tabling of a report of committee inquiry into Natural Resource Management programs, initiated by the Greens, said the inquiry showed that the Government's program needs changing urgently.

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Garrett must heed MDB Authority weir concerns

Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young says Environment Minister Peter Garrett must heed concerns held by the Murray-Darling Basin Authority and reject the proposal to build a weir at Wellington.

It was reported today that the Murray-Darling Basin Authority admitted that it was “a possibility” that it would use its power to stop the proposed weir at Wellington due to a lack of information about potential negative impacts of it being built.

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Murray-Darling River System

Senator HANSON-YOUNG (2.33 pm)- My question is to Senator Faulkner, the Minister representing the Minister for Climate Change and Water.

Has the minister commissioned a risk assessment of the devastating ecological consequences of flooding Lake Alexandrina and Lake Albert with salt water?

Senator FAULKNER - I thank Senator Hanson-Young for her question. I can advise Senator Hanson-Young that Senator Wong has not commissioned such a risk assessment.

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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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Greens launch crystal-clear nuclear policy: No nukes in Australia

The Greens have today warned voters not to be fooled by the major parties’ silence over uranium exports.

“Nuclear is the elephant in the room. Despite the notable silence on
uranium from both major parties, voters ought to be worried about
Australia’s rapidly growing involvement in the global nuclear
industry,” Greens Senate candidate Sarah Hanson-Young said today.

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