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UK pledge to phase out coal a wake up call for blinded Liberals, Nationals & Labor

Australian Greens Leader Christine Milne says the UK cross party agreement to phase out coal and rapidly address global warming should be a wake up call for political parties in Australia, who have protected the big polluters' profits at the expense of everyday Australians for too long.

"What a tragedy that the Liberals, Nationals and Labor are so blinded by coal dust, they won't climb out of the coal mine," Greens Leader Christine Milne said.

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Don’t wait for politicians: divest to transform Australia

Greens Leader Christine Milne says politics is moving too slowly away from polluting fossil fuels, urging Australians to take matters into their own hands on this Global Divestment Day.

"If you're waiting to follow the leader toward a cleaner, healthier economy, you'll be waiting an awfully long time for Tony Abbott. He's too busy knighting princes and pledging his allegiance to Old King Coal," said Senator Milne.

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Climate warning: PM Abbott leads Australia down a withering garden path

Greens leader Christine Milne says dire projections for Australia in the new CSIRO climate change report must be a wake-up call for the Abbott government and big business, which are harming people and missing huge economic opportunities by refusing to minimise global warming.

"If the natural world is in trouble, then so are we, and the Abbott government's climate denial and policy destruction has got us in serious trouble indeed," said Senator Milne.

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PM Abbott as Minister for Women only deepening inequality

Australian Greens Leader Christine Milne says Tony Abbott has revealed himself as small-minded in both the climate debate and his view of women, after claiming his greatest achievement as the Minister for Women has been abolishing the carbon price, because "women are particularly focussed on the household budget."

"He might as well have said his greatest achievement was to help women buy a better iron so they can stay home and iron more often," said Senator Milne.

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Deceptive Coalition boasts about RET while wrecking renewable energy jobs

With news today that RET uncertainty has forced Meridian Energy Australia to abandon its Burdekin Hydro project in Northern Queensland, Australian Greens Leader Christine Milne, who is in Lima, says the Abbott government's duplicity has been exposed.

"Julie Bishop is over here in Lima bragging about ARENA and the Renewable Energy Target, but even as she speaks her government's attack on the RET is damaging jobs, investment, and efforts to cut pollution," said Senator Milne.

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PM Abbott's Australia pursues climate rorts in Lima

Australian Greens Leader Christine Milne says the Abbott government has cemented Australia's reputation as a climate free loader by attempting to rort emissions accounting rules.

"Before Foreign Minister Julie Bishop left Australia she said one of her reasons for coming to the climate talks in Lima was to change the accounting rules that relate to Australia achieving its pollution reduction target," Greens Leader Christine Milne said.

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Australia is the chief obstructer at global warming talks

Speaking from Lima, Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne says Australia is doing everything it can to obstruct progress at the UN climate talks.

"Australia continues to be the chief obstructer in these climate talks, making efforts to remove the most basic things from the draft text which have already been agreed to, like a commitment to global solidarity and long term temperature limits," Senator Milne said.

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