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Greens reject Victorian coal push

The Australian Greens have rejected a renewed push by the Baillieu government to expand brown coal mining in Victoria. The Greens will also look at what action can be taken by the Federal government to slow down the push.

"Minister Comber should not be encouraging these moves by the Baillieu government. The Clean Energy Future package is about transitioning away from our dependence on coal, in particular brown coal. The Gillard government should not undermine that by backing this move. It is economically and environmentally irresponsible," Deputy Greens Leader Senator Milne said.

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Australia must prepare for global health threat now: Greens

The Greens have responded to a global call to action on climate change and health from the international health community by again urging the government to create a Climate Change and Health Taskforce.

“The international health community has spoken as one to warn of the threat to health posed by climate change,” said Greens’ health spokesperson, Dr. Richard Di Natale.

Some of the most prominent health professionals and organisations in the world have met in Durban and issued a joint declaration that warns of the grave health consequences of climate change.

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Greens repeat call for Climate Change and Health Taskforce

The Greens are repeating their call for a Climate Change and Health Taskforce on the back of the Climate Commission report into the health risks of climate change.

“The Greens have long called for a Climate Change and Health Taskforce to undertake research into the health risks posed by climate change and develop a strategic plan to prevent and manage those risks,” said Greens spokesperson for health, Senator Richard Di Natale.

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Carbon price is a win for health: Greens

Greens’ spokesperson for health, Senator Richard Di Natale, has described the passage of the Clean Energy Future package as a positive step in improving the health of Australians and has now called for the establishment of a Climate Change and Health Taskforce.

“The country took an historic step towards a cleaner economy on Tuesday, but also towards a healthier future,” said Senator Di Natale.

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