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Adjournment speech: New South Wales Environment

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (20:02): The New South Wales Liberal and National parties line up with the Abbott government as environmental vandals. Premier Mike Baird and the coalition government are creating a legacy of environmental destruction and climate change inaction. New South Wales suffered under the previous state Labor government when it came to prioritising developers over local communities, which was one of their favourite activities. The coalition, however, are no better and in some areas worse.

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Adjournment Speech: Lee Shares the Words of Lili Shapiro

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (12:46): Tonight I will share with senators an inspiring and at times unsettling speech by Lili Shapiro. It brings together a young person's views on Australia's positions towards refugees and climate change. Lili worked in my office last year as part of her year 10 week of work experience. Lili is a student at Canterbury Girls High School. These are Lili's words. She has provided references for the factual material she refers to:

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T4 coal terminal approval - disaster for the Hunter and climate action

NSW Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon says the approval of a fourth coal terminal for Newcastle will lock the people of the Hunter into an expanded local coal industry at a time when the world is turning its back on coal.

"There is no future in coal. Even the federal government's MYEFO report predicts a flatline of the price of thermal coal well into 2016," said Senator Rhiannon.

"A new coal terminal locks the people of the Hunter further into a system that is already failing them. 

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IPCC puts Newcastle coal centre stage for climate change

Newcastle's fourth coal terminal is back under the spotlight, with the release of the fifth report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change which says we need to stop burning coal for electricity by 2100 said NSW Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon.

"If it goes ahead, the greenhouse gas emissions from coal exported through the fourth coal terminal would be 300 million tonnes a year, which is more than every power station, plane, ship, rail and vehicle in Australia combined," said Senator Rhiannon.

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Adjournment: Climate change

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (02:04): In the last hour, the Liberal-National government has hammered another nail in the coffin of government action on climate change with the passing of the Carbon Farming Initiative Amendment Bill 2014. But, as is so often the case when governments fail to act on progressive change, people take action, speak up, stage protests and achieve change for the better, and that is what we are seeing in Australia today with climate action.

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Motion: SunSwift

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (15:44): by leave—I move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) the Sunswift University of New South Wales Solar Racing Team was recently confirmed by the Federation Internationale de l'Automobile to have broken the world speed record for electric vehicles, averaging more than 100 km/hr over 500 km on a single battery charge,

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RET report bad news for Hunter clean energy future, jobs growth

Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon has said that the Report into the Renewable Energy Target is bad news for the Hunter and should not be implemented.

"The backward attitude of the Liberal/National government on renewable energy plus this out of touch politically motivated RET Review will bring uncertainty to the industry in the Hunter and limit jobs growth," Senator Rhiannon said.

"The Hunter has benefited from the renewable energy industry with more households turning to clean energy, business opportunities thriving and a jobs growth this region badly needs.

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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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