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Labor backs Liberal-National sell out of renewable energy in NSW

Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon says clean energy investment in NSW is under serious threat after Labor struck a deal with the Coalition today to cut $500 million from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA). 

“Today Labor took clean energy investment backwards by striking a dirty deal with the Coalition to cut half a billion dollars from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA),” Senator Rhiannon said. 

“This deal highlights the Coalition’s false commitment to innovation, and Labor’s false commitment to clean energy. 

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Time to clean up politics

The Australian Greens are today calling on the Labor, Liberal and National parties to work with them to clean up politics. 

“Today I’m calling on Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten to commit to not accepting donations from fossil fuel companies during this election campaign,” said Australian Greens Leader, Dr Richard Di Natale.

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Adjournment Speech: Climate Change

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (22:02): Tonight I spoke to members of Fossil Free UNSW. They answered my phone call from the UNSW council chambers in the university's chancellery. They are occupying that section of the university. I congratulate these students. They are taking the action that MPs in this parliament should be giving leadership on.

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Senate Inquiry on CSG in Narrabri – locals to give evidence

Today Australian Senators will call Narrabri home for a day to hear local community groups and traditional owners’ concerns about unconventional gas mining in the Pilliga, Leard and nearby regions that feed into the Great Artesian Basin.

Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon has spent yesterday and this morning with front-line activists at the ‘Pilliga Push’ base camp.

“This week I will meet with farmers, grandmothers and Gomeroi traditional owners who are protesting Santos’ plans to place up to 850 CSG drilling rigs throughout the Pilliga,” said Senator Rhiannon.

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Estimates: Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee (Badgerys Creek Airport emissions)

Lee questions the Secretary of the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development and the Executive Director of the Western Sydney Unit on the environmental impact of the proposed Western Sydney Airport at Badgerys Creek. Lee probes whether the department undertook to model the relative benefits of other modes of transport like high-speed rail compared to a second airport in terms of greenhouse gas emissions.

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Shift to renewables under RenewAustralia would benefit Hunter region

The Hunter is set to benefit from the Greens’ RenewAustralia plan to transition to 90% renewable energy sources by 2030. NSW Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon and Greens Deputy Mayor for Newcastle Michael Osborne have commented on the benefits for the Hunter region. 

Senator Rhiannon said, “NSW will benefit enormously from RenewAustralia. We need to prioritise public investment in clean energy technologies like solar thermal power. 

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NSW needs RenewAustralia

The Greens have launched RenewAustralia, a plan to transition to 90% renewable energy sources by 2030. NSW Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon commented on the benefits that this plan would bring to the NSW. 

“NSW will benefit enormously from RenewAustralia,” Senator Rhiannon said. 

“We will enjoy cheaper electricity, cleaner air and water, and a jobs-rich state. 

“If we are to develop a strong renewable energy sector then we will need to prioritise public investment in clean energy technologies like solar thermal power.

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