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WA Liberals demand judicial inquiry into their own delusion

Western Australian Greens Senator Scott Ludlam has queried whether the Abbott Government supports the WA Liberals in their quest for a Royal Commission into climate change, or whether it is a purely local brain-snap which they intend to disregard.

"The Prime Minister has declared that this will be an ‘adult government', so it's hard to understand how an idea this juvenile could have seen the light of day," WA Greens Senator Scott Ludlam said this morning.

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WA Clean Energy Roadmap

The Greens’ Clean Energy Roadmap outlines the policies we need to transition WA to 100 per cent renewable energy by the year 2029.

On conservative estimates, to transition WA’s south-west interconnected grid to renewables will create between 22,000 and 26,860 jobs. This is more than three times as many jobs as the current number of people employed in coal, oil and gas extraction in WA.

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Gas and oil debate ignores Western Australia’s solar potential

Debate around gas and oil development and the implications of Labor's Northern Territory tax plan misses the main question about Western Australia's energy future, The Greens said today.

"While the Premier attacks the Prime Minister for supposedly threatening his gas ambitions, and Kevin Rudd talks about making Perth an oil and gas headquarters, both Labor and the Liberals are ignoring Western Australia's huge solar potential," said Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam.

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Shale gas fracking in WA

SENATOR LUDLAM

I give notice that on the next day of sitting I shall move that the Senate:

Notes

1. Western Australia has the fifth largest reserve of shale gas in the world;

2. The WA government is providing significant subsidies and royalty reductions to incentivise the gas fracking while failing to establish environmental assessment processes to assess its impact on groundwater, environmental integrity and agricultural productivity;

Calls on the government to:

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Global Day of Action on Military Spending – time to recalibrate defence

Governments around the world spent $1.75 trillion - $4.8 billion per day - on military expenses in 2012, an amount higher than Cold War peaks - with Australia among the five biggest military spenders in our region.*

"If governments spent 4.8 billion per day on addressing environmental, economic, food and human security, many of the root causes of armed conflict would be eliminated," said Greens spokesperson assisting on Defence, Senator Scott Ludlam, on the third Global Day of Action on Military Spending.

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