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Senate backs Greens motion to secure ARENA

Australian Greens Leader Christine Milne has today welcomed the Senate's agreement that members must be reappointed to the board of the Australian Renewable Energy Agency.

"After Clive Palmer excluded ARENA from his announcement, the Greens have worked with other crossbenchers to secure both the funding and the future of the organisation," said Senator Milne.

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DD trigger ready as Greens save CEFC

The Australian Greens along with communities around Australia are celebrating the survival of the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, which Tony Abbott has now twice failed to abolish through the Parliament.

"The Senate won't stand for Tony Abbott's head-in-the-sand approach on global warming, and we're not afraid of a double dissolution election over renewable energy," said Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne.

"It's time for Mr Abbott to give up. The CEFC is an excellent institution that should stay.

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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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Rear vision big-business budget to hit poor and sick hardest

The Australian Greens say Tony Abbott's budget has been written for big business and will further divide Australia between the haves and have-nots, especially for sick, young and vulnerable people.

"This is a divisive and brutal budget written in the boardrooms of big business," Greens Leader Christine Milne said.

"Tony Abbott's rhetoric about sharing the burden is a lie. Big business has been quarantined. Young people, the sick and vulnerable take the biggest hit.

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Senate maintains carbon price

The Senate has voted to maintain the existing emissions trading scheme 29 - 33.

"The Senate has rejected Tony Abbott's do-nothing approach on global warming and voted to maintain the price on pollution," Greens Leader Christine Milne said.

"No one should give up on the current law. It has the support of leading economists like Ken Henry, Ross Garnaut and Bernie Fraser whilst Tony Abbott's phoney alternative is friendless.

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Minister Hunt’s empty threat to carbon price

The Abbott government is getting way ahead of itself in trying to halt the auction of carbon units, say the Australian Greens.

Today the Environment Minister registered the Clean Energy Auction Revocation Determination 2014, which will come into effect tomorrow; that is, until it is disallowed at the Senate's first opportunity, next Monday.

"Industry should take zero notice of this political stunt from the Abbott Government," says Australian Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne.

"The Greens will move to disallow it."

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Unleashing Community-Owned Energy

Community-owned clean energy is already strong overseas, from local groups in Denmark that sparked the global wind power industry to apartment dwellers in the US that own solar panels on local buildings.

Australia has successful community-owned clean energy projects like Hepburn Community Wind Park, but considering our world-leading clean energy resources, our potential has barely been tapped.

The Greens will fund a $100 million Australian Community Renewable Energy Program that will help local groups plan, build and own their clean energy resources.

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