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Christine Milne on ABC NewsRadio: Australia has caved to international pressure at UN climate summit

ABC NewsRadio's Steve Chase spoke to Greens leader Christine Milne about the Federal Government's decision to give $200 million to the UN-sponsored carbon reduction fund.

Australia's contribution was confirmed by Foreign Minister Julie Bishop at the UN global warming talks in Lima. The money will come from the foreign aid budget despite Ms Bishop saying two years ago the Coalition would not spend its aid money on climate change programs.



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$50 million each year for Green Climate Fund nowhere near enough

Greens Leader Christine Milne, who is at the UN climate talks in Lima, says today's announcement by Julie Bishop is evidence of the intense international pressure Australia has been under to reverse the Abbott government's refusal to contribute to the Green Climate Fund.

"There is no way Australia could have continued with its stand against global finance and be viewed as negotiating in good faith here in Lima," said Senator Milne.

"$50 million a year is nowhere near enough, when the global target for finance is $100 billion a year by 2020.

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Greens push Australia to rise to UN climate challenge

Greens Leader Christine Milne says the Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, has sent a clear message to Australia that is time to deliver, in a speech at the global climate change talks in Lima today.

"Ban Ki-moon's calls for transition, instead of tinkering, were squarely aimed at recalcitrant governments like Australia," said Senator Milne.

"Australia has a lot of work to do, and Ban Ki-moon has clearly outlined the road ahead. The Greens will keep the pressure on at home to make sure we follow it.

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Greens to safeguard Victoria against inevitable failure of coal power

The Greens are warning Victoria will suffer devastating job losses and hits to the local economy if a plan to phase out the dirtiest power stations isn't put in place before they fail.

"The closure of old Victorian power stations is inevitable," said Australian Greens Leader Christine Milne.

"With huge excess power supply and last century technology, they will become junk assets within the next five years, unable to compete with cheap, cleaner energy.

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PM Abbott lies to French president on climate

Australian Greens Leader Christine Milne says it is a complete deception for Tony Abbott to claim he's acting on climate change with $10 billion in the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, when he plans to abolish that very instrument, and when his government describes it as a complete waste of taxpayers' money.

"This is not a cheeky sleight of hand. This is Australia's climate denying Prime Minister telling outright lies to world leaders and international media," said Senator Milne.

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Climate and prosperity are global chicken and egg

Australian Greens Leader Christine Milne says Joe Hockey can't expect to grow Australia's economy with policies that deepen inequality and worsen global warming.

"Climate has stolen the show at the G20, in spite of the Abbott government," said Senator Milne.

"Joe Hockey and Tony Abbott are completely wedged between their big business mates who want to carry on polluting for profit, and the world leaders who've come to Australia declaring it's time for a massive shift.

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