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A Different World - Speech to the National Press Club

The Government and other naysayers say it can't be done. The Greens say it must be done, so it will be done.

Christine Milne spoke today at the National Press Club in Canberra, televised nationally on ABC1, setting out the Greens' vision for a safe climate and setting that against what the Government is proposing with the CPRS.

You can read the speech here and please use this as an open thread to discuss the issues it raises!

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A Different World - Speech to the National Press Club

Thank you for your warm welcome. I begin by acknowledging the Ngunnawal people, the traditional owners of the land.

Gandhi once said, "The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world's problems."

We have reached a point in human history where 'what we do' on this planet imperils our survival. Now is the moment to re-imagine and reconsider 'what we are capable of doing'.

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Rudd's greenhouse target wrong by nearly a century; Wong admits mistake, but no correction issued

Climate Change Minister Penny Wong has acknowledged that one of the critical scientific targets in the Prime Minister's May 4 announcement on the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme was wrong. The mistake has gone uncorrected for 25 days, Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown said today.

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Land & Water Australia


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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