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RURAL AND REGIONAL AFFAIRS AND TRANSPORT

Senator SIEWERT-I have some specific questions around Land and Water Australia. I will obviously have some questions for the agency itself, but Land and Water Australia is engaged in a lot of projects in a number of partnerships. In fact, it is one of the best organisations for developing partnerships.

Senator COLBECK-Absolutely.

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Wong's credibility gap growing

Climate Change Minister Penny Wong's pronouncements on the CPRS are increasingly distant from the reality of the draft legislation, the Australian Greens said today.

"Penny Wong is increasingly sounding like a used car salesman, desperately calling out ‘a deal this good can't last forever' when no-one wants to buy the beat up old gas-guzzler she has on offer," said Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Senator Christine Milne.

"It is obvious to everyone that the car Penny Wong spruiks bears little resemblance to what is actually in front of us.

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Minority Report on CPRS: Greens flag significant concerns

The Australian Greens have today flagged significant concerns with the Rudd Government's emissions trading plans in a minority report to the Economics Committee's review of the draft legislation.

"The Government will have to make serious changes to the legislation if it actually wants it to pass" said Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Senator Christine Milne.

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Rudd's plan is to protect coal, not the climate

The Rudd Government is focussing on guaranteeing a future for the coal sector at the expense of the entire Australian community, the Australian Greens said today.

"We can protect coal or protect the climate, but not both," said Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Senator Christine Milne.

"The Rudd Government's quarry vision is protecting coal, not the climate or the community, and has left Australia both economically and environmentally vulnerable.

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Rudd must heed scientists' warning on inadequate targets

The Rudd Government must heed the warning of Australia's leading climate scientists and significantly strengthen its greenhouse emissions target, the Australian Greens said today.

The scientists' warning came in submissions to the Senate Select Committee on Climate Policy, established by the Greens and Opposition, which began hearings today. The inquiry has received over 13,500 submissions - the second highest on record - from a deeply concerned public demanding strong action.

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Broadband for Tasmania: Our ticket to a clean, green and clever jobs boom?

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.

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