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Greens announce 7-point plan to revitalise reef and economy as coal industry collapses

The  Greens say Australia should be planning for a future without coal, not a future without our spectacular Great Barrier Reef, announcing a package of measures to revitalise both the reef and the national economy as the coal industry declines.

"Governments need to intervene here - not to prop up the dying coal industry, but to help coal workers get out and to protect the thousands of jobs that rely on the health of Australia's stunning natural assets," said Greens Leader Richard Di Natale, visiting Cairns and Lizard Island today.

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Time to clean up politics

The Australian Greens are today calling on the Labor, Liberal and National parties to work with them to clean up politics. 

“Today I’m calling on Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten to commit to not accepting donations from fossil fuel companies during this election campaign,” said Australian Greens Leader, Dr Richard Di Natale.

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CEIF: Turnbull’s climate con

The Australian Greens have criticised Malcolm Turnbull's new Clean Energy Innovation Fund for trying to make a cut in clean energy funding look like an investment.

"This is a clean energy con job dressed up as innovation " said Greens Leader Richard Di Natale.

"Tony Abbott is not the benchmark of good climate policy and in a climate emergency, this should not be the best Malcolm Turnbull can do to transform our economy.

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Renewable Energy

Senator DI NATALE

I move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) clean energy is the key to Australia's future prosperity and supports the jobs, investment and technological innovation that is created in Australia through clean energy technologies,

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The reality of the Turnbull Government

I rise to speak to today's matter of public importance.

There was a national sigh of relief when Tony Abbott was replaced by Malcolm Turnbull. Most Australians gave the new Prime Minister the benefit of the doubt. We were pleased to see the end of Tony Abbott's divisive politics. We hoped that it would mark a turning point on so many critical issues-issues like climate change, getting children out of detention and marriage equality-that we would finally be able to transition our economy and set ourselves up for those industries of the future-

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Industry serious about large scale solar while Liberal Government threatens to turn out the lights

The Greens say strong industry interest in Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) large-scale solar funding is yet more evidence the Liberal Government must dump its plan to abolish ARENA and the Clean Energy Finance Corporation.

"Industry is clearly keen to get out of old energy seize the exciting job-rich opportunities Australia's vast clean energy potential presents," Senator Richard Di Natale, Australian Greens Leader, said.

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Breakthrough Paris climate agreement sets solid foundation but much still to be done

• Reference to a 1.5 degree limit will require countries to ratchet up targets
• Australia will now need to rapidly transition from coal to renewables
• Agreement to $100 billion in finance for developing countries to develop via low carbon economies

The Australian Greens welcomed the announcement by world leaders that a framework agreement to tackle global warming has been reached in Paris, but urged the work has just begun towards averting the catastrophic impacts of global warming and transforming the global economy.

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Paris climate talks: 2nd draft text cause for cautious optimism

A new draft text has been released overnight at the UN climate talks in Paris, where Australian Greens leader Richard Di Natale has responded with cautious optimism.

"This draft text, if agreed to in coming days, sets the basis for a constructive global agreement but far more work will be needed to seriously scale up ambition and action over coming years," said Senator Di Natale, who's at COP21.

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Liberals failing to upgrade economy to beat climate change

The Australian Government has deservedly been ranked third last out of 58 large countries on the strength of their policies to tackle global warming in a report out of Paris overnight.

The report by Germanwatch and Climate Action Network Europe puts Australia ahead of only Saudi Arabia and Kazakhstan for climate action.

"The world is not being fooled by the nice speeches we're hearing from Australian pollies in Paris. The fact is, their policies are inadequate," said Greens Leader Richard Di Natale, who's at the UN summit.

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