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Government cons crossbench into multi-billion dollar corporate tax cut

In exchange for a hand-written list of reviews, inquiries and vague commitments, the Government has conned the Xenophon party into supporting a $15 billion hit on an already stressed Commonwealth budget.

“Today is a win for the Government’s corporate donors, and a punch in the guts for everyone else,” Australian Greens Acting Leader Senator Scott Ludlam said in the wake of the marathon Senate sitting.

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Greens to protect renewable energy jobs in WA

Renewable energy projects in Western Australia will cease to exist without continued funding from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), which is set to have a $500million cut under a sneaky deal struck between Liberal and Labor today.

Greens co-deputy leader, Senator for WA Scott Ludlam said the Australian Greens will introduce an amendment to protect the entire $1.3billion of ARENA funding so WA can continue to support emerging new technologies such as the successful Carnegie Wave Project.

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Greens plan to cool cities

Commercial offices, shopping centres, schools, hospitals, and hotels would be retrofitted with solar panels, ‘green’ walls and efficient appliances to slash energy usage and create healthier places to work under a Green’s plan to cool cities released today.

The $258million national Green Building Plan aims to refurbish up to 80,000 mid-tier buildings and offices across Australia to emit zero carbon pollution by 2040.

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Turnbull rebadges existing clean energy funding, while cutting $1.3 billion and giving fossil fuel donors a leg up

The Government's announcement today of $100 million per year for green cities taken from Clean Energy Finance Corporation, is its third attempt to rebadge existing CEFC funding while cutting $1.3 billion from ARENA and leaving fossil fuel subsidies untouched. 

Greens Sustainable Cities spokesperson, Scott Ludlam, said:

"Green cities are a massive opportunity, not a cheap slogan. The Greens will continue to work for cleaner and more energy efficient neighbourhoods without the senseless sting in the tail that Mr Turnbull is inflicting today."

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Electric vehicle revolution plan for WA

 

Western Australia will have thousands more electric vehicles and 39 more charging stations by 2021 under a Green’s plan to build a pollution free transport future.

The plan will fund free registration for the first five years after purchase of a fully electric vehicle and provide $151 million in grants to support local governments, state governments and car park operators to install electric vehicle charging infrastructure.

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SA’s future in renewables, not ‘fatally flawed’ nuclear waste dumps

The Australian Greens have cautioned the South Australian Labor Government against rushing to a point of no return on international radioactive waste, with the release today of the final report of the SA Royal Commission into the expansion of the nuclear industry. 

"The proposal to dump international nuclear waste into an 'interim' store in South Australia is fatally flawed. Nuclear waste is an intergenerational liability, not a short-term asset," the Greens' nuclear spokesperson, Senator Scott Ludlam said.

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