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Turnbull rebadges existing clean energy funding, while cutting $1.3 billion and giving fossil fuel donors a leg up

The Government's announcement today of $100 million per year for green cities taken from Clean Energy Finance Corporation, is its third attempt to rebadge existing CEFC funding while cutting $1.3 billion from ARENA and leaving fossil fuel subsidies untouched. 

Greens Sustainable Cities spokesperson, Scott Ludlam, said:

"Green cities are a massive opportunity, not a cheap slogan. The Greens will continue to work for cleaner and more energy efficient neighbourhoods without the senseless sting in the tail that Mr Turnbull is inflicting today."

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Greens announce plan to prevent domestic violence by achieving gender equality working with schools, sports clubs and businesses

Larissa Waters 20 Jun 2016

The Greens today announced their $46 million plan over 6 years to prevent violence against women, which supports women's financial independence, secures Our Watch funding, assists sports clubs to make cultural change and supports the national roll out of Respectful Relationships programs in schools.

Greens Leader Senator Richard Di Natale said the prevention plan builds on the Greens' commitments of $5 billion over ten years for frontline domestic violence services and $60 million to put safety first in Family Law. 

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Greens stand up for renters’ rights in Brisbane

Larissa Waters 20 Jun 2016

The Greens today launched the results of their national 2016 Renters' Rights survey and announced a national election plan to protect renters, who make up 48 per cent of the Brisbane electorate and 46 per cent of the Griffith electorate.  

At a rented family home in Coorparoo today, Greens Senator for Queensland Larissa Waters said the national survey found about half of respondents spent half of their income on rent.

"With the average rent for a 2-bedroom unit in Brisbane now at $470, it's not surprising that renters are having to fork out so much of their income on rent.

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The Greens congratulate the Western Downs Alliance for their legal challenge to ensure the water trigger is enforced against CSG in western Queensland.

The Greens congratulate the Western Downs Alliance for their legal challenge to ensure the water trigger is enforced against CSG in western Queensland.

"It appears Minister Hunt has ignored the impacts of CSG on water in approving Santos' project to drill 6,100 CSG wells in Queensland," Qld Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens mining spokesperson, said.  

"It has been left to the community to make sure our water trigger is enforced by taking the Minister to court.

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Greens to install solar panels for public and community housing

Australia's whole stock of public and community housing would be retrofitted with solar panels to ease power bills for low income earners and make them more comfortable to live in, under a Greens plan announced today.

The nationwide upgrade of Australia's 421,000 public and community dwellings by 2030 would cost $2000 per house to install a 2Kw solar PV system,  energy efficient appliances, as part of a host of refurbishments to make the homes cheaper to run and more comfortable to live in.

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Greens’ vision for solar on every Queensland roof to cut power bills especially for renters

The Greens today outlined their vision for solar on every Queensland roof, including rented homes, to drive down power bills.

Qld Senator Larissa Waters and Australian Greens Deputy Leader said:

“We Greens will use our numbers in the Parliament to push to make solar accessible for everyone.

“Currently about one in every 100 rental properties has solar panels installed compared to one in five owner-occupied homes.

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Greens call on Labor to commit to an independent environmental watchdog

The Australian Greens call on Labor to commit to establishing an independent environmental watchdog, rather than just saying they will explore options for one, and to commit to reversing funding cuts to environmental regulators.

Qld Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens spokesperson for the environment, said:

"We're glad Labor is moving towards adopting the Greens' long-held positions, but we are calling on Labor to commit to establishing an independent environmental watchdog rather than just saying they will 'explore options'.

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Greens call on old parties to match funding commitment to WA domestic violence services

Rachel Siewert 13 Jun 2016

 

The Greens today called on the old parties to match their funding commitment of $54 million per year over ten years for specialist domestic violence services in Western Australia as part of a $5 billion 10-year plan.

In Perth at Women's Health and Family Services, which provides domestic violence services including counselling, advocacy and support, Greens Co-Deputy Leader and spokesperson for women, Larissa Waters, said:

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Cutting money from clean energy and approving coal mines is not a plan to save the Reef

The Turnbull Government's $1 billion Reef Fund is effectively a cut from the Clean Energy Finance Corporation and is undermined by the Adani coal mine. 

Qld Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and climate change spokesperson, said:

"This is a sneaky attempt by the Turnbull Government to try to distract from the damage it is doing to the Reef by approving coal mines to export out through the Reef and cook its corals.  

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Greens spokesperson for women, Senator Larissa Waters, responds to Labor’s domestic violence announcement today

Larissa Waters 11 Jun 2016

"This is a step in the right direction from Labor but it doesn't provide adequate, long-term funding for the sector and falls short of providing 10 days domestic violence leave per year.

"In consultation with the sector, we Greens have developed a plan for a $5 billion package over ten years to provide long-term, secure funding for domestic violence services, such as women's shelters, crisis phone services and perpetrator programs.

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