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Estimates: Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee: Foreign Affairs and Trade Portfolio: Australian Trade and Investment Commission

Thursday, 1 March 2018


Senator RHIANNON: In explaining how Efic works and what it can do, you used the phrase, 'It's when banks don't have the appetite.' You also said something about it not appealing to the banks. You've described it that way, but is another way of describing it when banks judge that it's so risky that their profits might be at risk so that's why they don't do it?

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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.

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