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08 Nov 2011
WA Senators Rachel Siewert and Scott Ludlam say today's historic carbon price vote is the start of serious action on climate change.
01 Nov 2011
Senator LUDLAM (Western Australia) (11:46): This is the third time in as many years that we have been called up to speak on a package of carbon price bills in this chamber. Unlike the first two opportunities, I am delighted to rise to speak on this occasion. What a difference an election makes. This package, the Clean Energy Bill 2011 and related bills, is a credit to Senator Christine Milne, who brought great appreciation of the policy imperatives and seized a moment of opportunity last August for Australia to change course. The package is also of course a credit to the leadership of Senator Bob Brown and credit to our member for Melbourne, Adam Bandt, his team and all of the people who fired up around the country last year to deliver a historic win and a very finely balanced parliament. So I want to take this opportunity to thank everybody who pitched in last year, because this is your win.
01 Mar 2011
The Australian Greens have welcomed the call to action from a leading sustainable urban development group.
Australian Greens sustainable cities spokesperson, Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam, said the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council's (ASBEC) call for a national policy on sustainable urban development was timely.
"For decades, provision of public transport and local employment has not kept pace with the rapid growth of Australian cities. We can transform cities with the right policies and practices, and today's launch helps point the way," said Senator Ludlam.
23 Jun 2010
Senator LUDLAM (Western Australia) (7.07 pm)-The reason Senator McLucas did not get to complete her speech is that this debate has been crammed into 25 minutes on a Tuesday night. I would like to make some remarks before I comment on the substance of the Wild Rivers (Environmental Management) Bill 2010 [No. 2]. We are debating tonight the process that has brought us here. This is the first time in my experience, having been here for two years as a full member of the Senate Legal and Constitution Affairs Legislation Committee, which Senator Crossin chairs, that I have ever seen a proposed motion come through this parliament to cut short the reporting period of a committee. That is what happened. Senator Crossin, in her brief time, did not make mention of that. Then we saw the procedural chicanery that occurred this afternoon, and which has been going on for the last 48 hours, to find some time to have this debate. The Greens have been proposing, and the coalition opposed our proposition, additional sitting hours so that we could debate the bill-and we will get to the merits of it in a moment-without the farce of everybody watching the clock for periods of four, five or six minutes.
15 Jun 2010
On 15 June 2010 the Australian Conservation Foundation released it's Sustainable Cities Index - ranking Australia's largest 20 cities according to a range of sustainability indicators.
Scott triggered a "Matter of Public Importance" debate in the Senate on it so a number of Senators spoke on the issues raised. This is his speech.
22 Dec 2009
Topic: Breakdown of Applications - Social Housing and Sustainability
Senator Ludlam asked:
Could you provide us with current information on whether the projects being funded are meeting the environmental, planning, and accessibility guidelines?
Projects funded under Stage 1 were not required to meet specified environmental design requirements and jurisdictions are not required to provide data on such outcomes. Based on information provided by States and Territories, the environmental design features expected to be achieved under Stage 2 are detailed in the table below. It is anticipated that 95 per cent of the dwellings constructed under Stage 2 will achieve a six star energy efficiency rating.
Number of Dwellings achieving specified
Jurisdiction Six Star Energy Solar or Heat Pump Water Tank
Efficiency Rating Hot Water System
NSW 5,123 5,442 380
VIC 3,821 3,821 3,821
QLD 3,3261 1,556 1,488
WA 1,5161 188 0
SA 1,102 1,089 980
TAS 441 321 447
ACT 295 113 295
NT 139 186 8
Total 15,766 12,716 7,419
1 Part of the funding allocation for this jurisdiction includes funds to increase the number of dwellings achieving a six star energy rating
Topic: COAG Reform Council Reporting and Sustainability benchmarking
Senator Ludlam asked:
Is the COAG reform council monitoring compliance with sustainability benchmarking for all social housing constructed under the NAHA? When will the first COAG Reform Council Report be out for the NAHA?
The COAG Reform Council (CRC) is not monitoring compliance with sustainability benchmarking for all social housing constructed under the NAHA.
The agreed performance indicators for the NAHA are:
o Proportion of low income households in rental stress;
o Proportion of homes sold or built that are affordable by low and moderate income households;
o Proportion of Australians who are homeless;
o Proportion of people experiencing repeat periods of homelessness;
o Proportion of Australian households owning or purchasing a home;
o Proportion of Indigenous households owning or purchasing a home;
o Proportion of Indigenous households living in overcrowded conditions; and
o Proportion of Indigenous households living in households of an acceptable standard.
It was also agreed that performance indicators will be developed specifically regarding:
o Supply meeting underlying demand for housing; and
o Housing market efficiency.
18 Dec 2009
Australian Greens Senator for WA Scott Ludlam will join protestors at Collie, in WA’s southwest, this weekend (19-20 Dec) to call for action by State and Federal governments on climate change and oppose the expansion of the local coal industry.
“This camp has been organised by young people dedicated to making the future a better place – and I wholeheartedly support their efforts,” Senator Ludlam said.
“The organisers have been working over many weeks to engage the Collie community, including holding a public forum, distributing flyers and contacting local people.
“The Australian Greens back their calls for a ‘Just Transition’ for this community of 7,000 people, many of whose livelihoods depends on coal.