Broadband, Communications & the Digital Economy
09 Aug 2009
Bob Brown talks about Mr Rudd's "Continue Polluting Regardless Scheme", saying it locks in failure with its unacceptably low targets and its $16 billion handout to polluters.
09 Aug 2009
Prime Minister Rudd's CPRS bill "locks in failure" on the climate crisis by setting targets way too low and handing billions of dollars to polluters. That is the key message of a national television advertising campaign launched by the Australian Greens today.
The 30 second message from Greens Leader Bob Brown calls on Australians to visit the Greens MPs website (www.GreensMPs.org.au) and send a message to Prime Minister Rudd that they will not agree to lock in failure.
01 Aug 2009
Earth Journalist Network are planning to send 15 Young Environmental Journalists to cover the Copenhagen climate talks.
17 Jun 2009
Thank you for your warm welcome. I begin by acknowledging the Ngunnawal people, the traditional owners of the land.
Gandhi once said, "The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world's problems."
We have reached a point in human history where 'what we do' on this planet imperils our survival. Now is the moment to re-imagine and reconsider 'what we are capable of doing'.
As Kofi Annan said recently, "The world is at a crossroads. [The Copenhagen] negotiators [must] come to the most ambitious agreement ever negotiated or continue to accept mass starvation, mass sickness and mass migration on an ever growing scale. Weak leadership," he said, "is failing humanity."
So what is stopping us from achieving what we are capable of, of reaching 'the most ambitious agreement ever negotiated'?
07 Apr 2009
The Australian Greens today welcomed Tasmania's prime position in the national broadband roll-out, calling for it to signal the first step in a clean, green and clever jobs boom in Tasmania.
"The roll-out of the new broadband network could be our ticket to a clean, green and clever jobs boom in Tasmania, if we seize the opportunity to shift our economic focus," said Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Senator Christine Milne.
Christine Milne's speech to the Sydney Institute - the Greens, balance of power and climate politics
28 Oct 2008
Sydney Institute, October 27th 2008.
Green Politics, the Balance of Power and the Green New Deal.
Good evening. Thank you for the opportunity to speak with you this evening about Green Politics, Balance of Power and the twin global meltdowns of climate and finance. There has never been a more critical time to be a Green and there has never been a time when the philosophy and experience of Green politics - based on forty years of environmental, social justice, peace and democracy campaigning - has been more important. The decisions that will be made in the next five years are crucial for the future of life on Earth.
27 Oct 2008
23 Oct 2008
STANDING COMMITTEE ON ECONOMICS
(Senate-Thursday, 23 October 2008)
INNOVATION, INDUSTRY, SCIENCE AND RESEARCH PORTFOLIO - Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)
Senator MILNE» -I would like to ask a question about the IT work that CSIRO is doing. It seems to me that we desperately need a major breakthrough in videoconferencing such that people believe that the other people are in the room, effectively, for it to work properly. I understand that you are working with a series of universities and labs and things around the country. I would be really interested to know whether we have made the breakthroughs in conjunction with behavioural psychologists and so on to actually get to the point where people do not have to fly as much because videoconferencing is real, as opposed to very stilted and inefficient as it has been.
16 Sep 2008
Senator MILNE» (Tasmania) (4:10 PM) -I rise today to comment on this important matter brought before the Senate in relation to the planning, costing and implementation, in a timely manner, of the flagship election promise, the ‘education revolution'. Frankly, I am concerned that there is not going to be an education revolution in Australia but that we are actually going to see a reformation of where the Howard government has been and that this government is going to head in exactly the same direction. A revolution implies excitement; it implies a change. It implies something different, innovative, new-an energy in the sector.
27 Aug 2008
Senator MILNE (Tasmania) (10.15 a.m.)-I rise today on behalf of the Australian Greens to support the Higher Education Support Amendment (Removal of the Higher Education Workplace Relations Requirements and National Governance Protocols Requirements and Other Matters) Bill 2008. The bill effectively repeals a provision in the Higher Education Support Act which tied university funding to compliance with workplace relations requirements and governance requirements. The Australian Greens did not support this provision when it was introduced by the previous government; it was bad policy then and it is bad policy now.