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Finkel report a political fix

The review of Australia's energy markets handed down today by Chief Scientist Dr Alan Finkel is more interested in fixing a political problem for Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten than in addressing the great issue of our times, dangerous global warming, said leader of the Australian Greens Dr Richard Di Natale and Greens Climate Change Spokesperson Adam Bandt MP.

"The goal should be to stop dangerous climate change, not find a political fix that won’t keep the climate safe or save the reef," Dr Di Natale said.

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Greens congratulate Oliver Yates on leading the Clean Energy Finance Corporation

Australian Greens Leader Richard Di Natale today praised the work of the inaugural CEO of the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, Oliver Yates and wished him well in his next endeavours.

“Oliver has shown a passion for delivering Australia’s new clean economy, has made a return for taxpayers through the CEFC’s co-investments and has steered the organisation through three tumultuous years of the Abbott and Turnbull government’s attempts to destroy and undermine the remarkable work of this important public institution.”

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Labor's fiscal plan cuts clean energy & Medicare dental

With just four days left to vote, the Greens are calling on Bill Shorten not to cut Medicare-funded dental care and the Australian Renewable Energy Agency.

"Labor is walking away from two of the most significant achievements that the Greens helped negotiate during our time in multiparty government," said Greens Leader Richard Di Natale.

"10 weeks ago Bill Shorten was calling the Coalition's proposed changes to dental care a 'hoax' and 'the equivalent of cutting Medicare', but now Labor is joining with the Coalition to cut it.

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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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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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RET deal means fewer jobs, less clean energy and more pollution – Greens

Greens Leader Richard Di Natale says the Abbott-Labor deal to reduce the Renewable Energy Target will mean fewer jobs, less clean energy and more pollution from coal.

"Tony Abbott has attacked renewable energy because he thinks coal is good for humanity. It isn't," Greens Leader Richard Di Natale said.

"This deal means more coal. More coal means less jobs in clean energy, more pollution, more cancer and more lung disease.

"For a young kid packing shelves in regional Australia it means less chance of a skilled and well paid job in the clean energy industry.

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Sporting clubs should drop EnergyWatch as sponsor immediately: Greens

Australian Greens’ spokesperson for sport and multiculturalism today called on the Melbourne Football Club, Melbourne Victory and Melbourne Rebels to drop EnergyWatch as a sponsor following the vile racist slurs by its CEO and co-owner, Ben Polis.

“No organisation, especially sporting organisations, should align themselves with someone who peddles such hurtful and vile comments,” said Senator Di Natale.

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