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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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Public transport - why was it forgotten in the stimulus package?

What can be done to seize this opportunity to support Australians during this economic crisis?

Including public transport in the stimulus package would assist Australians in real need of an essential service during a time of petrol price volatility and peak oil looming. It would also increase the transit manufacturing sector and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Public transport benefits community health as pollution levels are reduced and individuals' activity is increased.

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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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WA senators rally against climate change

Greens WA Senators Rachel Siewert and Scott Ludlam were among thousands of concerned citizens who called on the Federal Government to take meaningful action on climate change in Canberra today.

Senator Siewert said she was thrilled by the West Australian turnout at the Canberra rally.

“The fact that people travelled across the Nullarbor to be here showed this is truly a national emergency,” she said.

Senator Ludlam said it was a great start to the first sitting of Parliament this year.

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Grow green jobs for WA

Governments at both a Federal and State level should prioritise green collar jobs for Western Australian workers as part of their forthcoming stimulus packages and infrastructure programs, as mining companies slash more than 4500 jobs across the state, says Australian Greens Senator Scott Ludlam.

"This is a difficult time for many families in WA, and the Government needs to move fast to ensure that workers are given the retraining that they deserve. There are many opportunities as we transition to a low-carbon economy," Senator Ludlam said.

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