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National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling

Senator LUDLAM: I will change the subject a bit to talk about the NATSEM modelling that was released I think earlier in the week and the relationship between some of the results that fell out of their model with what Treasury put to government. Can you tell us whether the model and some of their findings look reasonably plausible to you and maybe just explain why you think there was some departure in some of the results from what you put forward?

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Barnett must take a clear stand on foreign ownership of Western Australian mines

Premier Colin Barnett is speaking with a forked tongue on Chinese investment in Western Australia, WA Greens said today.

Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam said Mr Barnett's expression of concern about the proposed sale of the Wesfarmers Premier Coal mine in Collie clashed with his enthusiastic support of Chinese exploitation of WA resources.

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Carbon price agreement: historic first step towards a clean energy economy

The Australian Greens, the Labor government and the Independent MPs today announced an historic agreement on a climate action package that will put a $23 per tonne price on carbon pollution, as was first proposed by the Greens, support householders and invest billions of dollars in clean, renewable energy.

This package, which the Greens have helped shape, is the first vital step towards tackling the climate crisis and building a cleaner, healthier, more secure Australia for all of us.

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Germany leads the way in phasing out nuclear power

The Australian Greens have welcomed the German government's decision to completely phase-out the use of nuclear power by 2022. Greens spokesperson on nuclear issues Senator Scott Ludlam said the decision to shut down all 17 of Germany's reactors was another sign that the nuclear industry was in serious decline worldwide.

German Environment Minister Norbert Roettgen announced the decision today calling it "irreversible". Senator Ludlam said the centre-right government in Germany "has grasped the facts about nuclear power and has listened to the German people".

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Road Rage: Federal transport budget has Australia on route for oil shock


The Federal Budget's failure to address years of under-investment in public transport infrastructure has left the country extremely vulnerable to rising oil prices, the Australian Greens warned today.


In Senate Budget Estimates committee hearings this week, Greens spokesperson for transport Senator Scott Ludlam confirmed that once again, Commonwealth infrastructure funds were pouring into urban road building while public transport funding lagged far behind.


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