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Greens focused on delivering on progressive reform

Media Release
Christine Milne 23 Mar 2013

Greens Leader Christine Milne, attending the Greens National Council meeting in Hobart this weekend, said the Greens are ready for an election but are focused on delivering a fairer school funding model, the national network of marine parks, and $50 a week to Newstart recipients, before the polling day.

"While the Prime Minister is working to keep her party together I urge Labor to focus on cementing socially and environmentally progressive reform and not tear themselves further apart." Christine Milne said.

"Before people call for a no-confidence vote and an early election I urge them to think of the children of Australia who have been waiting for a fair funding model for decades and will be denied it under a Coalition Government.

"Specifically Tasmania will lose millions if the clean energy package is undermined and the renewable energy target cut, as the Coalition has indicated it will do - Tasmanian Hydro will lose $70 million a year.

"In choosing a new energy and resources minister I call on the Prime Minister to recognise that to transition Australia away from the old fossil fuel age and onto a path to a clean, green and clever it will take a minister who is committed to getting Australia off a path to 4 degrees of warming.

"At the same time Tony Abbott must come clean on whether he will maintain the current gigawatt hour target for large-scale renewable energy.

"He cannot continue to fudge this issue as the wind industry is being undermined and being held back every day that he fails to answer the question."

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