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Greens hail sustainable building council’s call to action

The Australian Greens have welcomed the call to action from a leading sustainable urban development group.

Australian Greens sustainable cities spokesperson, Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam, said the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council's (ASBEC) call for a national policy on sustainable urban development was timely.

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Sustainable buildings and energy efficiency

ENVIRONMENT AND COMMUNICATIONS LEGISLATION COMMITTEE 
MONDAY, 21 FEBRUARY 2011

Senator LUDLAM-We can try. I am referring to question No. 68-actually this dates back to May, so this has been around for a while. I was interested in the potential energy savings that we could get from rolling six-star and higher energy efficiency across the building stock of the country. You undertook to come back and provide to us some construction cost estimates that were then balanced against energy savings over the lifetime of the dwelling. Are you aware of that?

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WA Travelsmart program

ENVIRONMENT AND COMMUNICATIONS LEGISLATION COMMITTEE
MONDAY, 21 FEBRUARY 2011

Senator LUDLAM-Am I correct in believing that there was, at one stage, one Commonwealth FTE position that was coordinating the various state based TravelSmart projects, and I think I should correct you and say that the WA TravelSmart program was a lot more than a pilot project; it was quite extensive, and it has been adopted elsewhere. Is it the case that you did have someone in your employ who was coordinating that work and they have since been shuffled off and they are not doing that anymore?

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National freight strategy vital but climate and peak oil absent

The Australian Greens today welcomed Infrastructure Australia's first steps towards a coordinated national approach to freight planning, but called for a major shift in focus to take account of climate change and peak oil.

"Now that we are finally starting a process of coordinated national freight planning, surely that work has to focus on climate change and peak oil, with proper planning for a more efficient, low emissions future," Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Senator Christine Milne, said.

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Greens back levy after $100 million win on solar and support for affordable housing, education

The Australian Greens will support the flood levy in the House of Representatives and the Senate after important gains from the Government on their proposed funding cuts.

Greens Leader Bob Brown, Deputy Leader Christine Milne and MP Adam Bandt took their concerns directly to the government and negotiated a good outcome that will release funding for flood recovery and protect key programs.

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Greenhouse Gas emissions of Projected LNG Projects

QUESTION NO. 339

Senator Ludlam asked the Minister representing the Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, upon notice on 6 December 2010:

With reference to my question without notice asked to the Minister representing the Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency on 27 October 2010 (Senate Hansard, pp 922-4) and the additional information incorporated on 16 November 2010 (Senate Hansard, pp 24-5):

(1) Can the projected annual greenhouse gas emissions listed below for the following new liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects be confirmed:

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Urban planning, not urban sprawl

The Australian Greens have called for better planning and transport infrastructure to help avoid urban sprawl as the nation's population grows.

Greens public transport, housing and sustainable cities spokesperson, Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam, said authorities need to work together to plan sustainable cities.

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