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Infrastructure spending will be Rudd's test: Greens


The Australian Greens say infrastructure funding in the coming Federal Budget must be used to reduce Australia's greenhouse emissions and create jobs in climate protection.

"Let's get over this obsession with sheltering the big polluters of the fossil fuel industry," Greens Sustainable Cities Spokesperson, Senator Scott Ludlam said.

"Let's instead use future infrastructure spending to help workers and the country adapt to the challenges we are facing in terms of the economy and the climate.

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Greens National Council calls for CPRS rethink

The Australian Greens National Council has voted unanimously today to call on the Rudd Government to rethink the targets and architecture of its emissions trading scheme in the light of the latest science.

"Greens members from one end of the country to the other are alarmed at the Rudd Government's dishonest approach to climate change," said Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Senator Christine Milne.

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Environmental impacts of the proposed aluminium bmelter in Bowen

(Question No. 1288) Senator Ludlam asked the Minister representing the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts, upon notice, on 6 February 2009:

(1) Can an indication be provided of when the Australian Labor Party's election promise to incorporate a ‘greenhouse gas trigger' in the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (the Act) will be implemented.

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No green jobs in nuclear world

Suggestions Australia should build Cold War-era nuclear energy infrastructure including enrichment plants, power stations and a high-level radioactive waste dump should be set aside in favour of a 21st century renewable energy grid, which would employ vastly more people.

"Nuclear waste advocates insist on remote waste dumps for a very simple reason. They know that no form of engineered storage can safely hold high level radioactive waste over the time required," Greens Spokesperson on Nuclear Industry Scott Ludlam said.

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Building Resilient Cities

"The future is here. It's just not widely distributed yet" ~ William Gibson

Take a drive an hour south through the rapidly expanding growth corridor fusing Perth to Mandurah, and you'll fly past a road sign at once hopeful and heartbreaking.

'Sustainable Mandurah Home' it points cheerfully. Somewhere within the featureless expanse of brick and tile sprawl relentlessly consuming the Swan coastal plain, someone has taken the time to build a sustainable home.

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Save money, help the environment and the economy with $900

The Australian Greens are highlighting ways people can choose to save money, stimulate the economy and help the environment with their economic stimulus payments from the Federal Government.

From Wednesday, about 1.5 million single-income families will receive a $900 bonus, while 1.2 million families with school-age children will get a back-to-school bonus of $950 for each child.

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