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West Australian householders way ahead of their Government on renewable energy

The Greens have congratulated the growing number of Western Australians using renewable energy sources, and called on the State Government to abandon plans for more coal-fired power stations and do more to encourage renewable energy development in WA.

Greens Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam said more than 12,000 WA households have installed systems including solar, wind and micro-hydro power but the numbers would grow much more rapidly with the right policies in place.

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Additional costs for better building codes

Senate Standing Committee on Environment, Communications and the Arts
Budget Estimates 2010-2011, May 2010

Answers to questions on notice - Climate Change and Energy Efficiency portfolio

Topic: Building codes

Senator LUDLAM-Do such numbers exist, or do you have to break it down by climate zone?

Mr Thompson-I would have thought that there was some work done in the context of the decision RIS that building ministers considered, which would cover that.

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Australians want better public transport

The majority of Australians want to see public transport improved and it is time for governments to listen, say the Australian Greens.

Greens public transport spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said an extensive study by the Sydney University's Institute of Transport and Logistics found that 54 per cent of people around the nation believe investment in public transport is the highest priority for transport authorities, with only 22 per cent ranking roads as the top issue.

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Minister’s claim of "strict conditions" on Prelude a sham

The Australian Greens say so-called "strict conditions" imposed on a proposed new floating gas project today approved off Western Australia's north-west coast are non-existent.

"Minister Burke has given the green light to Shell's Prelude project claiming this high greenhouse gas-emitting, high risk project will go ahead under strict conditions but his own press release goes on to reveal nothing but hazy promises and non-existent conditions," Greens Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam said.

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