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Greens’ Senate Inquiry investigating Queensland electricity prices in Brisbane today

The Greens-initiated Senate Inquiry into electricity prices held a public hearing in Brisbane today, gathering information to end systematic rorting of taxpayers and consumers by the electricity networks.

"Our Senate Inquiry is getting to the bottom of why Queenslanders have such astronomical electricity network charges - the highest in Australia," said Senator Christine Milne, leader of the Australian Greens, in Brisbane for the hearing today.

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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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Australia ranks last on climate leadership in global report of 60 countries

The Global Green Economy Index out today lists Australia as last among 60 countries assessed for leadership on global warming

“Tony Abbott has well and truly demolished Australia’s standing as a world leader in addressing global warming. We were the best and now we are the worst. It is a tragedy and must be reversed,” Senator Christine Milne, Leader of the Australian Greens, said.

“Opportunities, skills and investment have been lost overseas because of Tony Abbott’s refusal to act as the science tells us we must.

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Greens giving Queenslanders the power with a state Renewable Energy Target

Queensland Senator Larissa Waters and Queensland Greens energy spokesperson Scott Thomson today launched the Greens’ policy for a Queensland Renewable Energy Target (RET), at the Brisbane Climate Action Rally. 

“We need a Queensland RET to ensure that the great take up of renewable energy in our Sunshine State continues, regardless of Tony Abbott’s attacks,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said. 

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Rudd confused by Australian gas market - Greens

The Australian Greens have rebuked the Prime Minister for suggesting coal seam gas could help lower electricity prices in Australia.

"Extracting more gas won't reduce its price any more than digging up more gold reduces the gold price," said Australian Greens Leader Christine Milne.

"Kevin Rudd is confused by the basics on coal seam gas in Australia. Increased production will have zero impact on electricity prices because the industry is geared up to export it out of Queensland.

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Greens write to PM: Fund measurement of CSG leakage now

After years of calling for independent measurement of how much gas leaks to the atmosphere from coal seam gas fields, and following the Government's refusal to include climate impacts in the work plan of the independent expert panel on coal seam gas, the Greens are today writing to the Prime Minister and Minister for Climate Change calling on them to immediately fund a full field study.

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