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Desperate PM turns to scare tactics - Milne

Christine Milne 16 Feb 2015

Prime Minister Tony Abbott is trying to shore up his leadership by scaring the community and pressing the terror button, says Australian Greens Leader Christine Milne.

"We've got a Prime Minister who is so desperate that he is trying to press the terror button in order to shore up his own position. It won't make us safer," Senator Milne said.

"He's fanning flames of fear, anxiety, difference and division, because it's about the only thing that can distract from those same problems within his own party.

"Real leadership will bring people together, not divide them.

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UK pledge to phase out coal a wake up call for blinded Liberals, Nationals & Labor

Australian Greens Leader Christine Milne says the UK cross party agreement to phase out coal and rapidly address global warming should be a wake up call for political parties in Australia, who have protected the big polluters' profits at the expense of everyday Australians for too long.

"What a tragedy that the Liberals, Nationals and Labor are so blinded by coal dust, they won't climb out of the coal mine," Greens Leader Christine Milne said.

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Don’t wait for politicians: divest to transform Australia

Greens Leader Christine Milne says politics is moving too slowly away from polluting fossil fuels, urging Australians to take matters into their own hands on this Global Divestment Day.

"If you're waiting to follow the leader toward a cleaner, healthier economy, you'll be waiting an awfully long time for Tony Abbott. He's too busy knighting princes and pledging his allegiance to Old King Coal," said Senator Milne.

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Muir signals backdown on renewable energy, Labor must stand strong to protect jobs

Senator Ricky Muir has this afternoon said in the Senate he will support exemptions for heavy industry and the inclusion of electricity generation from burning native forests within the Renewable Energy Target.

"Exemptions for heavy industry and inclusion of energy generated from burning native forests in the Renewable Energy Target would be a disaster. It would do even more to destroy confidence in Australian clean energy," Greens Leader Christine Milne said.

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Greens move for food label honesty for Tasmania

Tasmanian producers could benefit from greater honesty in food labelling if a bill to be introduced in the parliament today by Australian Greens Leader Christine Milne is passed.

"Tasmanian food producers have carved a niche for themselves domestically and globally for quality, regional goods and that should be protected," Senator Milne said.

"My bill in the parliament will ensure that only Australian grown or produced products can be labelled that way.

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Greens offer to shift company tax burden

With ongoing confusion about Coalition leadership and the government's position on company tax and a big business levy, the Greens are prepared to consider a two-tiered company tax system, combined with stronger anti-avoidance measures.

"Business wants certainty and there's none to be found in the Liberal leadership. Regardless of who leads the government they have an opportunity to restructure company tax to make the big end of town pay its way," Greens Leader Christine Milne said.

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Libs take axe to Australian innovation

The Australian Greens say massive cuts to research and development, passed through the Senate today by the Liberals, Nationals, Palmer United Party and Independent Nick Xenophon, is another act of intergenerational theft.

"Cutting support for research and development is a short-sighted way to balance the Budget and will help drive the country's investment in research to a 30-year low," said Greens science, research and innovation spokesperson Adam Bandt MP.

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