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Protect mining communities from another Ravensthorpe: Greens

The Australian Greens have backed calls for BHP Billiton to do more to help South Coast communities following the closure of the company’s Ravensthorpe nickel mine.

“Despite a decline in profits due to plunging commodity prices, BHP Billiton today claimed it enjoyed “robust financial performance” in the past half-year,” Greens Spokesperson for Mining, Senator Scott Ludlam said.

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Greens urge Mining Industry to wake up to threat of climate change

Australian Greens Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam has urged the Chamber of Minerals and Energy to wake up to the imminent effects of climate change, and stop jeopardising the economic viability of their industry, as well as our future, at a Public Hearing Joint Standing Committee on Treaties into the Kyoto Protocol this morning.

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Greens urge Mining Industry to wake up to threat of climate change

Australian Greens Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam has urged the Chamber of Minerals and Energy to wake up to the imminent effects of climate change, and stop jeopardising the economic viability of their industry, as well as our future, at a Public Hearing Joint Standing Committee on Treaties into the Kyoto Protocol this morning.

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Housing Emergency Taskforce

On 4 September 2008 Senator Ludlam asked the Minister representing the Minister for Housing:

(1) Has an Emergency Taskforce, as recommended in the June 2008 Senate Select Committee on Housing Affordability in Australia, been established to consult with Pilbara communities and industry to develop a coordinated response to the housing affordability crisis in the Pilbara?

(2) If so, what are the terms of reference and membership of the Task Force and when and with whom will it meet?

(3) If not, does the Minister intend to establish such a Task Force?

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Greens ‘New Century’ Australia Senate Agenda

The Australian Greens today outlined their vision for Australia in the new century ahead of the opening of the Balance-of-Power Senate.

Australian Greens Leader, Senator Bob Brown, said a record 1.17 million people voted Greens at the last election, and the five Greens Senators were ready to work constructively with all parties to respond to the challenges of the new century.

"Pollution, poverty, discrimination and the destruction of Australia's forests and precious environments are the legacy of the last century and decades of greed and inaction."

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