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Steel Package now law: Greens amendment on Illawarra Green Jobs Plan lost

Greens MP for NSW Lee Rhiannon has welcomed the passage of the Steel Transformation Plan Bill, and with it $180 million earmarked for BlueScope, while expressing disappointment that Labor voted against a Greens amendment to highlight the Green Jobs Illawarra Action Plan.

"The Greens voted for this bill because we are committed to ensuring job security. This is a win for workers in the Illawarra region," Senator Rhiannon said.

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Climate package set to pass: NSW must position itself to gain

Greens Senator for NSW Lee Rhiannon said today’s historic Senate vote which sees the Climate Package become law presents an opportunity for NSW to grow new greens jobs and innovative industries. 

"NSW is faced with a stark choice: move forward and transform to a low carbon economy or push on with a coal dominated economy,” Senator Rhiannon said.

“The NSW Coalition government faces a conflict of interest.

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Lee Rhiannon speaking at Liverpool climate forum

Senator Lee Rhiannon spoke at a forum on the clean energy package and climate change in Liverpool on Wednesday, 5 October. She spoke alongside Member for Werriwa Laurie Ferguson, Member for Hughes Craig Kelly and Member for Macarthur Russell Matheson.

"It was a great turnout by the community and I enjoyed the spirited debate," said Lee. "It was disappointing it was difficult to get a decent discussion going about the challenges of climate change because a large group chose to interject if they didn’t agree with a particular point of view."

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Greens urge Albanese to commit to High Speed Rail, ease airport noise in Inner West

Elected Greens at the Federal, State and Local Government level are urging Federal Transport Minister and MP for Marrickville Anthony Albanese to go beyond a feasibility study and make a clear commitment to build High Speed Rail to ease aircraft noise and pollution in Sydney’s Inner West.

Greens Senator for NSW Lee Rhiannon said, “Sydney to Melbourne is the fourth busiest aircraft route in the world and high speed rail will help alleviate noise suffered by Inner West residents.

“Minister Albanese’s enthusiasm for high speed rail needs to be more than just words.

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Climate Action Package: Public Forum in Parramatta

WHAT: Free public meeting about the Climate Action Package and what it means for NSW.  Afternoon tea provided.
WHO:  Federal Greens Senator for NSW Lee Rhiannon, NSW Greens MP Cate Faehrmann and Parramatta Climate Action Network (ParraCan) executive members Annie Nielsen and Phil Bradley.
WHEN: 3pm – 4:30pm Sunday 7 August 2011
WHERE: Charles Byrne Room, Parramatta Town Hall, 182 Church Street Mall, Parramatta.

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Greens NSW Senator welcomes carbon price announcement as good news for NSW

Commenting on today’s carbon price announcement, Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon has welcomed the introduction of a price on carbon as an important step towards transforming the NSW economy and creating long term sustainable jobs growth and investment in the renewable energy sector.

“This an opportunity to kickstart the transition to a clean energy future for NSW and create new jobs in renewable energy," Senator Rhiannon said.

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Radio National Interview - Bob Brown 18-2-2011

Senator Bob Brown outlines the Australian Greens' pursuit of its proposal for a hybrid scheme: a fixed carbon price which increases over time, as a first step, followed by an emissions-trading scheme.

Senator Brown also talks about the good outcomes achieved for solar energy, affordable housing and education after negotiations with the Government on the flood levy that the Greens will support in the House of Representatives and the Senate.

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