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Barnett must take a clear stand on foreign ownership of Western Australian mines

Premier Colin Barnett is speaking with a forked tongue on Chinese investment in Western Australia, WA Greens said today.

Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam said Mr Barnett's expression of concern about the proposed sale of the Wesfarmers Premier Coal mine in Collie clashed with his enthusiastic support of Chinese exploitation of WA resources.

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Uranium sales fall as smart companies pull the plug on nuclear power

A big drop in the value of Australia's uranium exports is a further sign the nuclear industry is crumbling, the Australian Greens said today.

The Greens spokesperson for nuclear affairs Senator Scott Ludlam said figures from the Bureau of Resources and Energy Economics showing a 19 per cent fall in the value of Australian uranium exports from 2009-10 to 2010-11 could not be ignored.

"This is not a short-term reaction to the Fukushima Daiichi disaster. For fifteen years renewable energy capacity additions per annum have been outpacing nuclear start-ups.

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Mining myths shattered - time to collect the rent

Watershed research from the Australia Institute released today once again illustrates the need for Australia to manage the mining boom properly, say the Australian Greens.

Greens Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam said the paper ‘Mining the Truth' makes it clear the mining industry is dodging its social responsibilities while causing damage to other sectors of the economy.

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Western Australia can do without Rio Tinto’s nuclear hallucinations

Rio Tinto's embarrassing foray into Western Australian energy policy is a striking example of why mining companies should stay out of politics, say the Australian Greens.

"A uranium mining company advocates nuclear power - hold the front page," Greens Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam said today. "This is commercial self-interest masquerading as energy policy."

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Carbon price agreement: historic first step towards a clean energy economy

The Australian Greens, the Labor government and the Independent MPs today announced an historic agreement on a climate action package that will put a $23 per tonne price on carbon pollution, as was first proposed by the Greens, support householders and invest billions of dollars in clean, renewable energy.

This package, which the Greens have helped shape, is the first vital step towards tackling the climate crisis and building a cleaner, healthier, more secure Australia for all of us.

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Product Stewardship Bill

Senator LUDLAM (Western Australia) (10:42): I also rise to make some remarks on the Product Stewardship Bill 2011 on behalf of the Australian Greens. This is framework legislation that arises from COAG agreeing that the federal government and the states and territories should together establish a national framework to support voluntary, co-regulatory and mandatory product stewardship and extended producer responsibility schemes to responsibly manage the enormous quantities of waste that Australians are generating.

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