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Jobs forum a start, manufacturing inquiry and industry plans needed

Commenting on today’s Jobs Forum in Canberra, Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon said the event highlighted the need to develop detailed renewable energy industry plans at both a national and regional level to help stimulate the ailing manufacturing sector and create long-term sustainable employment.

“Today’s ideas swap was welcome, but constructing a workable plan to revive Australia’s manufacturing sector requires a parliamentary inquiry as proposed by the Greens,” Senator Rhiannon said.

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BHP Billiton self-interest claim on jobs bad news for NSW

Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon has labelled BHP Billiton's call for 170,000 workers as an attempt by the multinational to intimidate the federal government into designing job policies that suit the mining industry at the expense of NSW and other states suffering from mining boom related pressures ("We'll need 170,000 workers, says BHP", SMH p 1 today).

"Australia urgently needs more skilled workers, but this should not be limited to the needs of mining companies," Senator Rhiannon said.

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Greens celebrate 20 years on local councils

Greens Senator and local government spokesperson Lee Rhiannon, in a speech to Federal Parliament celebrating 20 years of Greens representation on local councils, has highlighted Newcastle and Marrickville as home to the party's first elected Councillors in 1991.

Senator Rhiannon's speech to the Senate on Tuesday 20 September can be found here.

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Greens MPs in Bega for carbon price public meeting, visit to logging flashpoint Tanja State Forest

Greens NSW Senator and Forests spokesperson Lee Rhiannon and Greens NSW MP and Forestry spokesperson David Shoebridge are in Bega today to hold a public meeting on the carbon price package and what it means for the NSW Far South Coast. They will also join local environmental campaigners to visit Tanja State Forest, due to be logged in coming weeks.

Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon said: “The cracks in Opposition Leader Tony Abbott’s fear campaign are beginning to show. 

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Federal government fails to rule out funding Eden wood-fired power station

Australian Greens Senator for NSW and forests spokesperson Lee Rhiannon says the major parties' refusal to rule out federal funding to support the operations of the proposed Eden wood-fired power station, by voting against a motion she put to Federal Parliament yesterday, suggests the proposal could still have life.

The full motion and debate from Hansard is provided below. Senator Rhiannon and NSW Greens MP David Shoebridge are visiting South East NSW next Tuesday 30 August.

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Motion on Eden Biomass Power Plant

Motions, 25 August 2011

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) the operator of the Eden woodchip mill in south east New South Wales, South East Fibre Exports Pty Ltd (SEFE) which is owned by Nippon Paper Industries, plans to build a 5MW biomass-fired power station in Eden,

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Greens & Unions campaign in Newcastle to back climate action package

Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon will today join with the Secretary of the Newcastle Trades Hall Council Gary Kennedy and Newcastle City Greens Councillor Michael Osborne in backing the Carbon Price Package as good news for Hunter residents, jobs and the environment.

This Newcastle visit is the start of Senator Rhiannon's Carbon Price Package tour across NSW.

"The Hunter has always been the energy powerhouse of NSW and much of the national economy. The Carbon Price Package will enable the region to continue to play this role," Senator Rhiannon said.

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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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