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New regional solar power industry in Western NSW - Labor/Coalition reverse position

The Greens have expressed dismay that their Senate motion in support of the Solar Energy eXchange Initiative in western New South Wales was voted down by the Coalition and Labor after a similar motion was passed by the NSW Upper House. 

Greens Senator for NSW Lee Rhiannon said: "Federal Coalition and Labor have failed to back their own colleagues in the NSW Upper House who voted for a motion in favour of the Solar Energy eXchange Initiative, which is supported by 31 regional councils.

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Adjournment speech: National Water Commission

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (22:03): Among the numerous disappointments coming from the federal government, it is fair to say that the decision to shut down the National Water Commission is but one. But this is one that deserves close attention. As a nation, we are facing major challenges to our water supplies. The biggest threat, however, is the complete disregard from the federal government for the importance of this issue.

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Adjournment Speech: NSW needs to plan away from coal

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (22:28): There is something strange happening in New South Wales. Every day we are hearing stories about the decline in the coal industry. We are hearing about job losses, the falling price of coal, the need for mining companies to implement efficiency measures. Just today the Australian Financial Reviewran an article headed 'Black days for coal'. At the same time the industry is aggressively pushing mines into communities that clearly do not want them. Any sensible analysis would note a contradiction here.

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Second Reading Speech: Clean Energy Legislation Repeal Bill 2013

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (21:32): What an appalling piece of legislation we have before us. To repeal the carbon tax is an enormous setback for Australia and, indeed, the world. I remember when these laws were passed in 2011. My friends living overseas were excited and inspired. They told me they were so proud to be Australian and they were in many conversations about the possibility of preventing real action on climate change. And now we have this real setback here, one that is very destructive.

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