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PM Turnbull should have dumped – not appointed – Wind Farm Commissioner

The Australian Greens say today's appointment of a Wind Farm Commissioner is a sign that Malcolm Turnbull will continue to pander to those in the Coalition who are intent on sending Australia backwards.

"Prime Minister Turnbull has wasted another opportunity to show he's any different to Tony Abbott. Australians don't need a wind farm commissioner, we need a plan to transition away from coal," said Greens Leader Richard Di Natale.

"This is one of the tin-foil-hat wearing relics of the Abbott age."

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Healthy climate means healthy economy: Greens welcome Climate Roundtable

Greens Leader Richard Di Natale has welcomed the formation of the Australian Climate Roundtable, commending the business community for recognising the gains to be had in transitioning to a low-pollution economy.

"The drive to cut pollution is the new heartbeat of the economy. It's a huge opportunity to create jobs, attract investment and build up new industries, but we're on the cusp of missing it," Senator Di Natale said.

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Healthier climate means healthier people: Lancet

The Australian Greens have welcomed a report in The Lancet medical journal, which highlights the huge opportunity to improve public health through action on global warming.

"Cutting pollution won't just maintain the status quo - it will make our entire population more healthy, which means more productive and more prosperous," said Greens Leader Dr Richard Di Natale.

"People get overwhelmed by the climate change doomsday scenarios, but we need pay more attention to all the ways we can make life better if we do cut pollution.

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Greens praise doctors’ push for action on global warming

The Greens have praised the Australian Medical Association for getting to work on revamping their climate policy ahead of the UN climate talks in Paris later this year.

"A climate crisis means a health crisis, but the Abbott government is so busy denying global warming that they're failing to plan for it at all," said Greens Leader Dr Richard Di Natale.

"A warmer world means more deaths from extreme weather, heat related events and infectious diseases - which means more pressure on our hospitals and our health budgets.

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Labor must not allow Abbott’s slash and burn Renewable Energy Target

The Australian Greens are calling on Labor to abandon its deal to cut the Renewable Energy Target, which was introduced to parliament today and allows for the burning of native forests.

"This is Bill Shorten's first big test on the environment, and it's time to walk away from this deal. Burning native trees is not renewable energy," said Greens Leader Richard Di Natale.

"This deal is bad for the climate, bad for jobs, and a disaster for the environment.

"Is Labor really going to help the government commit this environmental and economic vandalism?"

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Labor Must Walk Away

We’ve got less than 48 hours to convince the Labor Party to walk away from this destructive deal. That’s why we need as many people as possible calling Bill Shorten’s office this afternoon and urging him to walk away from a deal that will destroy our native forests, undermine our entire Renewable Energy Target and fail to create the clean energy solutions that we actually need. 

Call Bill Shorten’s office: (02) 6277 4022

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RET deal is an irresponsible backwards step – Greens

Australian Greens Leader Richard Di Natale was joined by Greens forest spokesperson Senator Janet Rice to respond to the announcement that the Labor party has done a deal with the Abbott Government to brown down the Renewable Energy Target.

“Weakening investment in clean renewable energy is irresponsible from an environmental, economic and health perspective,” Greens Leader Richard Di Natale said.

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