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Australian Greens Budget Reply

The arctic ice and the Saudi Arabian oilfields seem a long way from Australia and Prime Minister Rudd's 2008 budget. But they should be at the forefront of our minds as we consider what a real leader, a leader contemplating the state of the world and the wellbeing of all people, would have delivered for our nation in his first budget. Leadership means having the courage and imagination to face up to the challenges of the time and to formulate a vision worthy of the people, their future and the situation in which they find themselves.

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It looks even worse the morning after: Budget utterly fails climate and oil challenge

Kevin Rudd and Wayne Swan's first Budget looks even worse for climate change in the cold light of day, Australian Greens climate change spokesperson, Senator Christine Milne, said today.

Senator Milne said, "The urgency of climate change action is building rapidly. We have gigawatts of renewable energy projects, from solar thermal to wind, waiting to be rolled out. We have car manufacturing plants ready to be re-tooled and millions of homes crying out for insulation. We could be well on our way to a post-carbon Australia by the next election if we decided to make that change.

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Debate on Infrastructure Australia Bill 2008

Senator MILNE (Tasmania) (9.33 am)-I would like to raise a couple of general things before I get to my amendments. In particular, I would like to start with the definitions-and this is very important because it relates to the whole purpose of why we are establishing Infrastructure Australia. What the Infrastructure Australia Bill 2008 says is that the definition of:nationally significant infrastructure includes:
(a) transport infrastructure; and
(b) energy infrastructure; and
(c) communications infrastructure; and
(d) water infrastructure;

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You can afford the house, but the bills'll send you broke

This was orginally published in Crikey's daily email today, March 5.

Let's imagine for a moment that the policies put forward in recent days work and, in a few years, more people are able to pay the purchase price for new homes again. Let's imagine - and this is easy to do - that these policies are implemented in a vacuum, without consideration of other, interlinked issues. What might be the flow-on effects?

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Car giant GM prepares for peak oil: Will Rudd finally heed the call?

Australian Greens Climate Change Spokesperson, Senator Christine Milne, who has been warning the Senate of looming peak oil since her election in 2004, today urged the Rudd Government to put the shift to clean transport at the heart of its innovation program.

Senator Milne said "The very public acknowledgement by Rick Wagoner, Chief Executive of General Motors, opening the Detroit motor show overnight that peak oil is with us and we must move rapidly to clean alternatives, exposes the fact that Australia is utterly unprepared for this shift.

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