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Tony Abbott’s Australia only open to fossil fool business

As the Prime Minister continues his climate denial tour of the planet, Australian Greens Leader Christine Milne says he's only telling half the story.

"When Tony Abbott says Australia is open for business, jobs and prosperity, he means prosperity for his big-business mates. Tony Abbott's Australia is not open to the clever, 21st century jobs of the clean, low carbon economy," Senator Milne said.

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PM Abbott's global warming denial hits Tasmania's research jobs

Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s global warming denial extends to climate research, with Tasmania’s marine and atmospheric division set to lose 18 jobs, Greens Leader Christine Milne said today.

“Just as Hobart has gained an international reputation as the centre of excellence in Antarctic and climate research, Tony Abbott is undermining it with his global warming denial,” Senator Milne said.

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PM Abbott must get real on climate or risk damaging US relationship

The Australian Greens say Tony Abbott is risking Australia's constructive relationship with the United States by seeking to undo existing climate change policies, refusing to put climate on the G20 agenda and retreating from global action.

"Tony Abbott absolutely has his head in the sand on climate change. It's a national disaster and a global embarrassment as China and the USA get serious about the 2015 treaty," said Greens Leader Christine Milne.

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Abbott stuck in reverse while Obama takes action on global warming

Responding to President Obama's new and more ambitious climate policy, the Greens say Australia is being leapfrogged by the US when it comes to taking action to reduce carbon pollution, because of Tony Abbott's last century and anti-science policy to abolish the price on pollution.

"President Obama has shown up the Prime Minister as completely out of step on global warming. Barrack is moving forward but Tony is stuck in reverse," Greens Leader Christine Milne said.

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PM’s adviser blinded by ideology

Australian Greens Leader Christine Milne says the Prime Minister's chief business adviser, Maurice Newman, must be deaf if he hasn't heard the Greens clearly identify revenue alternatives for balancing the budget.

"Keep the carbon price, keep and fix the mining tax and get rid of fossil fuel subsidies for big polluters," said Senator Milne.

"The Greens won't allow Tony Abbott's brutal budget cuts to impact on Australians who need our support, when there are such obvious revenue alternatives.

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Protect the RET - renewables helping to cut energy prices

The Australian Greens are welcoming a report from the Clean Energy Council (CEC) that clearly makes the economic case for keeping and lifting Australia's Renewable Energy Target.

"This study supports what the Greens have been saying all along, and that is that shifting to renewable energy will help Australians save money as well as relieving pressure on our climate," said Greens Leader Christine Milne.

The CEC modelling shows by 2020, households are set to pay an average $50 less on annual energy bills, than they would if the Renewable Energy Target was weakened.

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