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Climate Change by Legislative Attrition

And so we go into the first long night of the CPRS bill. The deal has been done, with enough Liberal Senators giving the Government the numbers to extend sitting hours late into tonight and all the way into next week if necessary.

From here on it becomes legislated climate change by force of attrition. A massive transfer of wealth from Australian householders to heavy industry has been agreed between the ALP and Malcolm Turnbull's shell-shocked core of supporters.

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Screen Australia

(Question No. 2384)
Senator Ludlam asked the Minister representing the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts, upon notice, on 27 October 2009:
(1) How many delegates from Screen Australia were present at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival in France (the festival).
(2) What was the length of time spent by each delegate: (a) at the festival; and (b) on any ancillary trips attached to the festival.
(3) (a) What was the total amount spent on attending the festival including staff wage costs, per diems, accommodation,

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Economic Modelling for the stimulus package

Senator LUDLAM-I want to talk about some of the modelling you provided to the initial inquiry into the nation building and jobs package. You indicated that when you are modelling the future Australian economy you do not necessarily take into account the kinds of ecological transformations and the creation of new
industries that Sir Nicholas Stern has stated will be driving future economic growth and jobs. Can you tease out for us, first of all, whether that is the case?

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Greens create more sustainable local jobs for WA

The Australian Greens are pleased to today announce more than $5.5 million to be spent on local WA heritage projects that will create more than 90 new local, sustainable jobs and traineeships across the State.
“Back in February, Australia’s five Greens Senators used their balance-of-power position, shared with the two Independents in the Senate, to negotiate some key wins for job seekers and the environment in the Government’s $42 billion economic stimulus package,” Greens Senator for WA Scott Ludlam said.

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Road funding in Federal budget

Senator Ludlam asked:
Is the Minister aware that the planning documents submitted for the proposed F3 Freeway extension assume +22% to +59% traffic growths in 10 years?

See response to BITRE 03 (4) attached.
[NBII 77 - Attachment]

Senator Ludlam asked:
Does the Minister consider these projections plausible in the light of the WEO document and related sources?

See response to BITRE 03 (5) attached.
[NBII 78 - Attachment]

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14,000 clean, green jobs; not backwards-looking buffoonery

While a small number of politicians have made a last-minute dash to join the Flat Earth Club,  the Australian Greens have welcomed a new report that has found wave energy could employ more than 14,000 Australians by 2050.

The report by Fremantle-based, Australian company, Carnegie Corporation Ltd and WWF says building 1,500MW of wave energy power stations by 2020 would create 3,210 Australian jobs and create enough energy to power 1.2 million households. By 2050, 14,380 jobs could be created, producing 12,000MW of clean, renewable power.

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