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Christine Milne's Second Reading Speech - Renewable Energy Amendment (Feed-in Tariff for Electricity) Bill 2008

RENEWABLE ENERGY AMENDMENT (FEED-IN-TARIFF FOR ELECTRICITY) BILL 2008 - Second Reading

Senator MILNE (Tasmania) (3:41 PM) -I move:

That this bill be now read a second time.

I seek leave to table the explanatory memorandum and to have the second reading speech incorporated in Hansard.

Leave granted.

The speech read as follows-

RENEWABLE ENERGY AMENDMENT (FEED-IN-TARIFF FOR ELECTRICITY) BILL 2008

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Ziggy's Tasmanian meltdown

Australian Greens climate change spokesperson, Senator Christine Milne, said today, "There can be no logical explanation for Ziggy Switkowski coming to Tasmania and proposing a nuclear reactor when Tasmania has enormous resources of and potential for renewable energy, from wind power, ocean power and much more.

"Ziggy must be suffering from media deficit disorder since the Howard Government lost and the nuclear agenda collapsed.

"Nobody in Tasmania will take him seriously.

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Christine Milne's Speech - Renewable Energy Amendment (Feed-in Tariff for Electricity) Bill 2008

This is a Bill to amend the Renewable Energy (Electricity) Act 2000 to establish a national feed-in tariff (FiT) scheme.
Climate change is a huge and urgent challenge to Australia and the world. With greater impacts and new science arriving almost daily, the task we face, to build a 'post-carbon' economy, is only getting more urgent.
We need to pull out all stops to build new, zero emission energy and transport infrastructure to replace the polluting coal and oil that we rely on today.

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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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Greenpeace carbon capture report exposes 'false hope' of govt and industry

Australian Greens climate change spokesperson, Senator Christine Milne, today welcomed Greenpeace International's comprehensive report into carbon capture and storage, and said that the report confirms our view that we must act now to reduce emissions fast with the renewable energy and efficiency technologies which do exist.

Senator Milne said "We cannot further delay action on climate change, or continue to divert valuable budget dollars, because a hypothetical alternative future solution might allow us to keep using coal.

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Tas Hydro wants zero emissions energy: How about a feed-in law?

The best way to increase Tasmania's zero emissions generating capacity would be to introduce a comprehensive feed-in law for renewable energy, Australian Greens climate change spokesperson, Senator Christine Milne, said today.

Senator Milne said "Feed-in laws are regarded around the world as the most sophisticated and effective mechanism to boost renewable energy generation. They give specifically targeted support to a range of renewable energy technologies, directly encouraging people to install them by guaranteeing a fair price for the energy generated.

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