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Ford crisis an opportunity to secure manufacturing & go electric

Friday, May 24th, 2013

Greens Deputy Leader and industry and innovation spokesperson Adam Bandt says the car industry debacle should be treated as an opportunity by the government to change direction on industry assistance.

Mr Bandt says the old parties have squandered billions in industry assistance to the car industry without securing jobs and with very little substantive change in the vehicles produced.

“The old parties have spent billions in support to the auto industry without securing jobs and now Ford workers and their families are paying the price,” said Mr Bandt.

“The government should have used its assistance to drive real innovation. A government that cares for people would protect jobs for the long-term. We know the future for the car industry is electric vehicles, but Labor has done nothing to drive the shift to electric. We must also secure our manufacturing base as part of the transition to a clean economy.” (more…)

Some positives in Budget, but government has missed opportunities

Monday, May 20th, 2013

Despite including some positive initiatives in this year’s Budget, the Government has missed some golden opportunities to build a safer, cleaner, more just and compassionate society, says Greens candidate for Eden-Monaro Catherine Moore.

“The National Disability Insurance Scheme be will be of great assistance to rural and regional people with disabilities, who frequently have fewer choices than people from more highly populated areas.

“Increased school funding is also welcome as again, rural and regional areas are often struggling to provide the programs and facilities that are available in the city. Redirecting the baby bonus to family payment is an improvement, as is a fairer superannuation payment system, with those on $37,000 or less now paying no tax.

“But while generous funding of private schools continues, the cuts to tertiary education will force students further into debt and impact on universities’ vital research. People living on Newstart need an extra $50 per week but instead they will be able to earn just an extra $19 per week (effectively, one hour of work) before their income support payment is affected. (more…)

Greens in Eden-Monaro hope for bright future in oyster farming

Monday, May 6th, 2013

The Greens in Eden-Monaro have welcomed Australia’s Oyster Coast’s adoption of and commitment to Environmental Management Systems (EMS), highlighting the importance of EMS as an integral part of all industries in Eden-Monaro.

After attending the launch of Australia’s Oyster Coast at the Narooma Oyster Festival on the weekend, Greens candidate for Eden-Monaro Catherine Moore said that the EMS adopted by the group with the support of Southern Rivers Catchment was a positive and proactive step towards ensuring the healthy future of an industry based on an oyster native to the area, the Sydney Rock Oyster.

“But a holistic view across the whole region is needed, and the industry will be threatened unless other industries also meet the most stringent environmental criteria in their own practices.

“Time and time again, the ALP and Coalition have failed to recognise the importance of environmental protection which ensures the viability of small producers working for sustainability. Instead, they have preferred to kowtow to and subsidise large destructive and unsustainable industries like mining and woodchipping. (more…)

Put mining tax on the table to raise revenue

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

The Australian Greens call on the Prime Minister to explain why she has put all options on the table to raise revenue except the most obvious one - the mining tax.

“Julia Gillard, Wayne Swan and Penny Wong need to explain why the resources giants are being treated with kid gloves and shielded from any tax increase, while the community is being asked to foot the bill for the budget black hole,” Australian Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne said today.

“In the Senate Inquiry hearing into the mining tax yesterday, established by the Greens, Economics Professors Ross Garnaut and John Quiggin said there is no reason why Labor should not put a consistent 40 per cent tax across oil, gas coal, iron ore and other commodities such as gold. (more…)

Greens in Eden-Monaro lend support to community action on mining

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

Greens candidate for Eden-Monaro Catherine Moore has congratulated community members who today took part in a national action to ask the federal government to intervene on mining. Judith Turley and other Lock the Gate supporters today presented Mike Kelly, ALP Member for Eden-Monaro, with a list of eight things the government could do to step in to immediately protect Australia from coal and coal seam gas mining developments.

“While State Governments seem to be on a mining rampage, eagerly approving every proposal that comes their way, locking Australia into contracts that will guarantee supply for decades, the Federal Government has been sitting on its hands saying that there is nothing it can do.

“This is clearly not so, and thanks to Lock the Gate Alliance and its investigations, there is now no longer any excuse for the Federal Government to remain silent. (more…)

Media conference transcript - Christine Milne

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

Subjects: Coalition’s Direct Action plan, Newspoll, western Sydney, mining tax inquiry, asylum seekers

CHRISTINE MILNE: The Coalition is in a complete shemozzle over carbon pricing. Here we have Joe Hockey and Tony Abbott hurling a massive dose of uncertainty into the investment community and business community generally, and the wider community. Joe Hockey in Tasmania yesterday, telling Tasmanians that businesses would be compensated when the carbon price is removed because they know as well as the Greens know and the Government knows that the current Clean Energy Package is working, it’s reducing emissions, but more importantly it is driving the transition in the Australian economy. When Joe Hockey got to Tasmania he saw for the first time that there are people who desperately want the carbon price to stay in place. It leads to $70 million plus a year going into the Tasmanian economy and Tony Abbott is going to rip that out. And so Hockey turns up in Tasmania and says, ‘oh you will be compensated’, gets back to the mainland and Tony Abbott says ‘no you won’t be’. Now the Coalition really has to start coming clean with the Australian people and some scrutiny has to go on their complete joke of a policy when it comes to climate change. Their Direct Action plan is the same plan they took to the election in 2010, they haven’t changed a word virtually of the policy they had then. It did not stand up then and it doesn’t stand up now. What you’ve got on the one hand is saying Tony Abbott wants to pay the polluters out of the pockets of the taxpayer. (more…)

Miners get millions in taxpayer-funded handouts to destroy Tarkine

Friday, February 15th, 2013

The mining industry has just secured a $4 million subsidy from the Federal Government to destroy the Tarkine.

“Not only has Minister Tony Burke rejected the heritage council advice to list the Tarkine for its fantastic natural values but Julia Gillard has decided to give $4 million to support this mining venture to make it economically viable to trash the Tarkine.” Leader of the Australian Greens, Senator Christine Milne said.

“Here we go again - the mining industry scores $4 million and single parents zero, and recipients of Newstart zero.

“Where is the $4 million to promote and develop tourism infrastructure in the North West?

“The Gillard Government and the Abbott Opposition reward the mining industry at the expense of the community, the tourism industry and the environment.”

Miners get millions in taxpayer-funded handouts to destroy Tarkine

Friday, February 15th, 2013

The mining industry has just secured a $4 million subsidy from the Federal Government to destroy the Tarkine.

“Not only has Minister Tony Burke rejected the heritage council advice to list the Tarkine for its fantastic natural values but Julia Gillard has decided to give $4 million to support this mining venture to make it economically viable to trash the Tarkine.” Leader of the Australian Greens, Senator Christine Milne said.

“Here we go again - the mining industry scores $4 million and single parents zero, and recipients of Newstart zero.

“Where is the $4 million to promote and develop tourism infrastructure in the North West?

“The Gillard Government and the Abbott Opposition reward the mining industry at the expense of the community, the tourism industry and the environment.”

Yet more tax freebies for O’Farrell’s club mates

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

The O’Farrell government’s continued generosity to the pubs and clubs lobby is causing untold damage to communities across the state, according to Greens NSW MP John Kaye.

Dr Kaye said: “A recent Monash University study revealed that the charitable contributions made by clubs are ‘’minuscule'’ compared to their massive profits from gaming machines. The O’Farrell government’s response is to offer further pokies tax concessions to clubs and pubs and extend existing ‘hardship’ schemes.

“Many businesses are struggling to survive after the extreme weather events of the past year.

“However directing the government’s flood relief to pubs and clubs via poker machine tax breaks will only inflict more harm on communities affected by gambling addiction. (more…)

Minister using ASIO to spy at the behest of the fossil lobby must be held to account

Saturday, January 7th, 2012

The Australian Greens have reacted strongly to confirmation that fossil fuel companies successfully pressured energy minister Martin Ferguson to enlist ASIO and the Federal Police in spying on climate change and clean energy activists.

“This is a deliberate abuse of the role of Australian security agencies, who have better things to do than follow the dictates of foreign coal and energy corporations,” Australian Greens Senator Scott Ludlam said.

“Instead of promoting the surveillance and intimidation of climate activists, Minister Ferguson should devote some of his time to dealing with the issues they raise.” (more…)

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