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Solar panel users save everyone money: Don’t punish them

Increasing the fixed costs of electricity because of the success of solar panels punishes people for saving WA taxpayers $100,000 per megawatt, the Greens warned today.

Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam said the Barnett Government had "lost the plot on electricity pricing".

"Western Australians have rightly been encouraged to take up solar panels. Now the State Government complains that as a result they're not able to squeeze as much money out of people as they'd prefer - so they'll increase the fixed cost for electricity supply. It's beyond belief."

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Greens raise the stakes on housing stress

Scott Ludlam 15 Jul 2013

The Greens will ensure housing stress is at the top of the agenda going into the Federal election, housing spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said today. 

“High rent and mortgage costs are the single biggest factor pushing families and individuals into homelessness; so the Greens have launched a plan to provide 7000 news homes nationally and double the funding for homelessness services,” Senator Ludlam said. 

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Housing crisis “locks in poverty” – Greens warn

Scott Ludlam 2 Jul 2013

The high cost of housing puts millions of Australians on a budget tightrope that can break easily, the Australian Greens warned today.

"Last night's Four Corners showed cases in which the fall from relative stability to deep poverty happened with shocking speed. ACOSS have demonstrated that the crisis is overwhelming the ability of agencies and service providers to respond," said Australian Greens housing spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam.

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Motion calls on Senate to commit to halving homelessness by 2020, Coalition refuses to support it

Scott Ludlam 27 Jun 2013

Senator LUDLAM: I move

That the Senate-

(a) notes that:

(i) on any given night more than 105 000 Australians are experiencing homelessness, including 7 000 people sleeping rough or without adequate shelter,

(ii) while the rate of rough sleeping fell by 13.5 per cent between 2006 and 2011, in 2012 more than 136 8000 instances for a request for assistance went unmet, and

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