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Abbott's crusade to shatter WA's solar boom

The Australian Greens said today that the federal government to move to ban the Clean Energy Finance Corporation from investing in small scale solar will impede WA's rapid uptake of rooftop solar and impact local businesses.

"Researched released by the Greens shows that the number of WA homes with solar photovoltaic (PV) power has increased 19% in just one year - overwhelmingly in outer suburbs and households with lower incomes," Senator Scott Ludlam, Australian Greens acting leader said today.

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UK negative gearing reforms further isolate Australia

Scott Ludlam 10 Jul 2015

The Australian Greens said today that Tony Abbott and Joe Hockey should learn a negative gearing lesson from their conservative counterparts in the UK.

"The UK's Tory government is winding back negative gearing, while Australia's Tories are too afraid to even have a conversation about the reforms," Senator Scott Ludlam, Australian Greens acting leader and housing spokesperson said today.

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Greens slam Roe 8 approval decision

The Australian Greens have slammed the WA Government for environmentally approving the Beeliar Wetlands section of the Roe 8 freight highway, pointing out that no amount of so-called protection could safe-guard against slamming a multi-lane freight freeway through such a unique and significant area.

"This is an appalling decision from a government that doesn't even to pretend to care about the damage to people, suburbs and the environment," Senator Scott Ludlam said today.

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Scott speaks on the Migration Amendment (Strengthening Biometrics Integrity) Bill 2015

Senator LUDLAM (Western Australia-Co-Deputy Leader of the Australian Greens) (19:06): I move the second reading amendment standing in my name:

At the end of the motion, add:

but further consideration of this bill be made an order of the day for the first sitting day after the Government has tabled the Privacy Impact Assessment conducted by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

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Government taking ABC debate to 'hysterical levels of stridency'

Australian Greens Senator Scott Ludlam said today that the Abbott Government should cease using Monday night's episode of Q&A to further his government's attack on the ABC and public broadcasting.

"The discussion about the editorial decisions made by the ABC is now being wound up to hysterical levels of stridency by the Abbott Government," Senator Ludlam said today.

"The ABC has apologised and will conduct a review. That is a proper process.

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Leading Abbott policy maker marks 112th birthday

The Greens have today marked George Orwell's birthday, noting his seminal work, 1984, and its considerable value to policy makers within the Abbott government.

"When Mr Orwell penned 1984, he can scarcely have imagined that all these years later it would be such a foundational inspiration for government lawmaking on privacy, anonymity and free speech," Senator Scott Ludlam said today.

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