All Media Releases
17 Sep 2008
The Greens today called for the tender for a private operator for the closing CSIRO wool scour in Belmont, Victoria, to be re-advertised.
Budget cuts have led to the sale of the CSIRO wool scour which, in a country which used to pride itself on riding on the sheep's back, begs some questions about the priority that Australian wool growers and the Government give to future innovation in the wool industry.
15 Sep 2008
The Rudd Government's promises to bring transparency and accountability back to government have been exposed as empty rhetoric, Australian Greens Senator Christine Milne said today.
Senator Milne, with the support of the Opposition, had called on the Government to table the Wilkins Review into climate policy and a document circulated to industry by Minister Ferguson's office detailing a softened approach to emissions trading. Senate rules bound the Government to table those documents today. However, it failed to do so.
11 Sep 2008
Queensland Premier Anna Bligh has bought into Professor Garnaut's climate change defeatism and chosen to prioritise coal over the Great Barrier Reef, Australian Greens Senator Christine Milne said today.
Senator Milne said "Anna Bligh cannot have it both ways. She cannot claim to want to protect the Reef and the tens of thousands of jobs it provides, at the same time as arguing for a free ride for coal, aluminium and other big polluters.
09 Sep 2008
The Rudd Government must listen to the science and the Australian community and refuse to buy into Professor Garnaut's climate change defeatism, Australian Greens Senator Christine Milne said today.
Senator Milne said "Professor Garnaut might have thrown in the towel, the Rudd Government may be willing to raise the white flag, but the Greens will not give up hope that the world can still come together to deliver a safe climate to our children.
08 Sep 2008
Environment Minister Peter Garrett has given Gunns another unnecessary lifeline for their Pulp Mill after the company's failure to meet legislative deadlines in the assessment process, Australian Greens Senator Christine Milne said today.
Senator Milne said "Today's deadline extension for the Pulp Mill is completely unjustified, as is the Minister's ongoing refusal to release the Herzfeld report which details the extent of the pollution the Pulp Mill will cause.
"Minister Garrett had absolute discretion on this issue. He had no legal obligation to extend the deadline, and no justification for doing so.
05 Sep 2008
Peter Garrett has made his first significant positive decision for the environment since becoming Environment Minister, Australian Greens climate change spokesperson, Senator Christine Milne, said today.
Senator Milne said "If ever there was a clear-cut case of protecting Australia's interests against the greed of the coal corporations, blocking Shoalwater Bay was it.
05 Sep 2008
Rudd must lead globe towards strict targets
The weak targets advocated in the supplementary report from the Garnaut review released today are based on outdated science, risk catastrophic climate change and will undermine global negotiations towards an effective climate treaty, Australian Greens Senators Bob Brown and Christine Milne said today.
"Professor Garnaut concluded that it 'is worth paying less than 1% of GNP as a premium for the 450[ppm] strategy'. Surely, then, this should be our starting point, not our ultimate goal," Senator Brown said.
"The weak target of reducing emissions by 10% below 2000 levels by 2020 would lead to an over-allocation of carbon permits in the same way that the over-allocation of water entitlement has lead to the Murray-Darling Basin crisis," Senator Brown said.
04 Sep 2008
Professor Garnaut must tomorrow recommend stringent 2020 greenhouse gas reductions targets to avoid catastrophic climate change, Australian Greens climate change spokesperson, Senator Christine Milne, said today.
Senator Milne said "The globe is poised on the edge of a number of climate change tipping points any one of which could send us into runaway heating.
"The time for hard decisions is now. There is no more time for excuses and delays.
04 Sep 2008
Despite the failure of the Luxury Car Tax in the Senate, the Greens today urged the Government to move ahead with investigating a new tax incentive scheme to make green cars cheaper for all Australians.
03 Sep 2008
Australian Greens climate change spokesperson, Senator Christine Milne, today used a Matter of Public Importance debate in the Senate to call once again for the release of the Herzfeld Report into the proposed Gunns Pulp Mill's likely pollution impacts and the need for tertiary treatment of its waste.
03 Sep 2008
Australian Greens climate change spokesperson, Senator Christine Milne, today expressed hope that the rumours in today's Crikey email of a disastrously weak emissions reduction target in Professor Garnaut's Supplementary Draft Report are incorrect.
01 Sep 2008
Australian Greens climate change spokesperson, Senator Christine Milne, today strongly welcomed the inclusion of climate change and greenhouse emissions as a goal and a strategic priority in Infrastructure Australia's discussion paper today.
29 Aug 2008
Australian Greens Senator Christine Milne today called on Federal Minister Peter Garrett to draw the same line under the Pulp Mill that Premier David Bartlett has promised, and to help Tasmania regain its global edge as a clean, green and clever state.
27 Aug 2008
The Federal Government and Opposition joined forces in the Senate today to block Greens' Senator Christine Milne's motion to release documents related to the Gunns Pulp Mill under Freedom of Information.
"It is pretty obvious that the release of these documents would add to the pressure on Gunns in their dealings with stakeholders and the public and I am disappointed that Labor and the Coalition have determined not to allow the public to see this document," Senator Milne said.
27 Aug 2008
The Australian Greens have called on Environment Minister Peter Garrett to use his existing powers to protect Queensland beautiful Shoalwater Bay from the environmentally destructive Waratah Coal mine, pipeline, rail and port facility.
Greens Senator Christine Milne said the $5.3b. Waratah Coal project was projected to produce 50 million tonnes of coal per annum from an area 20 kms from Byfield town, linking by rail to a proposed port wholly located within a RAMSAR-listed wetland in Shoalwater Bay.