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Labor, Coalition, and Greens condemn Defence Trade Controls Bill – but only Greens oppose it

In a bizarre scenario the Government and Opposition have joined the Greens in slamming the Defence Trade Controls Bill, yet only the Greens oppose the flawed legislation.

Greens spokesperson assisting on Defence Senator Scott Ludlam said "there was cross-party agreement on how flawed this process and outcome has been, speaker after speaker has lined up to condemn it. But when it comes to the vote, the major parties have been given their marching orders".

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Midwest solar project the way of the future: Greens

The Greens have welcomed the announcement of a new solar thermal power station to be constructed near Morawa in Western Australia. 

The Solastor/Carbon Reduction Ventures consortium plans to complete the 1.5MW plant by 2014.

"The Midwest is fast developing a reputation as WA's solar hub, and this new announcement heralds the way forward for renewable energy," said Australian Greens Senator Scott Ludlam.

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Environment Protection (Beverage Container Deposit and Recovery Scheme) Bill 2010

Senator LUDLAM (Western Australia) (11:06): I rise to close the debate on the Environment Protection (Beverage Container Deposit and Recovery Scheme) Bill 2010 but it is with no great pleasure that I do so. This bill is, from memory, the first one that I introduced when I arrived here in 2008. Today on the basis of the rather lacklustre contributions from the other parties, with the honourable exception of Senator Xenophon, I have no expectation that the bill will be carried. Of course that is not the end of the story. This is a very popular scheme.

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In the shadow of Fukushima, Government pushes ‘business as usual’

Greens Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam, recently returned from Fukushima, today urged the Australian Government to consider the reality before locking Australia into a nuclear treaty for another five years.

"The Fifth Agreement to Extend the 1987 Regional Cooperative Agreement for Research, Development and Training related to Nuclear Science and Technology should not simply be rolled over for a further five year period," Senator Ludlam said in a Dissenting Report on the deal.

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An historic day in the Senate

Dear friend,

What an historic day it has been today in the Australian Senate.

The last parliamentary sitting week before the midwinter break has seen your Greens team continue to achieve great outcomes for all Australians who want a cleaner, healthier, smarter and fairer society.

A short time ago I walked into the Senate to vote into law Australia's biggest ever public investment in clean and renewable energy - and one of the great achievements of the Greens in this parliament in building a clean energy economy.

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