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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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Controversial coal seam gas company to get frosty reception at UNSW

The School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Science at the University of NSW will today host a lecture by controversial coal seam gas company Eastern Star Gas (ESG). UNSW students, with The Wilderness Society, are organising a protest outside the lecture to oppose ESG’s plans to put gas wells through the Pilliga Scrub and to question the extent of financial support between ESG and UNSW which may impact the university’s independence. 

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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 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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