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Coal or Food: 48 hours on the floodplains

One moment last week sums up why I wouldn't swap this job for anything.

At about 11am on Tuesday morning the Senate Environment, Communications and the Arts (ECA) Committee is confronted with an unusual sight in the Felton Valley, about 20 km south of Oakey on the Darling Downs in southern Queensland. A crowd of people have taken over the road; a sea of green T-shirts and triangular yellow placards, kids lined up with banners, hand-made signs; all the essentials for a home-grown demonstration.

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Greens create more sustainable local jobs for WA

The Australian Greens are pleased to today announce more than $5.5 million to be spent on local WA heritage projects that will create more than 90 new local, sustainable jobs and traineeships across the State.
“Back in February, Australia’s five Greens Senators used their balance-of-power position, shared with the two Independents in the Senate, to negotiate some key wins for job seekers and the environment in the Government’s $42 billion economic stimulus package,” Greens Senator for WA Scott Ludlam said.

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Broadband announcement a chance to break with the mistakes of the past

The Australian Greens have welcomed the Minister's announcement regarding Telstra's relationship with the National Broadband Network.
Senator Scott Ludlam, Greens Spokesperson on Communications warned the Minister not to repeat the mistakes of privatisation.

"For years the telecommunications industry has been demanding the government regulate Telstra and bite the bullet on separation of wholesale and retail services.

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Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme

Senator LUDLAM (Western Australia) (6.03 pm)-Climate change is one of the main issues that brought me into this place. It was one of the reasons that I got involved in politics. It was one of the reasons I chose to run for the Senate. So it is with a great deal of sadness that I am rising to deliver this speech. This must be a bad piece of legislation indeed for the parliament's strongest advocates of a response to climate change to be voting it down. The package of Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme bills that is before us fails the test of consistency with climate science.

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carbon capture and storage

Senator LUDLAM-I have just got a couple of questions to follow on. In your opening statement on the two different flagship initiatives you said there was a two to one funding mix and that you were looking for a two to one contribution from the private sector. Does that apply to the CCS flagship?

Mr Clarke-The starting point in both of the flagships is that two to one ratio.

Senator LUDLAM-How do you mean the ‘starting point'?

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Kimberley Broadband Solutions Project

(Question No. 1434)

Senator Ludlam asked the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, upon notice, on 17 March 2009:

(1) In addition to the project deed of the Kimberley Broadband Solutions Project, does the Federal Government retain a copy of the agreement signed between the Western Australian Government and the private partner in the project: if so, can a copy be provided.

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Mining slump shows need for re-think on the economy: Greens

A forecast 10,000 WA mining jobs to be lost in the next 18 months calls for fresh thinking on the WA economy, the Australians Green say.

“Mines by their nature are finite. It is on this basis that WA has been experiencing a boom-bust economy for the past century,” Mining Spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said.

“Now, with hardship again looming for thousands of WA workers, it is time to re-skill and re-orient the economy to develop the prosperous industries of the future.

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