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Greens target inner city seats with "Vote Liberal, Get Barnaby" message

The Greens are ramping up their campaigns against Liberal MPs in inner-city seats including Kooyong, Higgins, Ryan and Brisbane, telling voters “If you vote Liberal, you get Barnaby”.

The move follows Liberal MPs voting to change the law yesterday to include coal and gas in the definition of renewable energy, so that coal and gas corporations can now be funded through the Australian Renewable Energy Agency.

As anger grows at Australia’s dreadful climate policies, Greens Leader Adam Bandt says the campaign will give voters in Liberal seats a stark message:

 

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Scott Morrison to bring back carbon tariffs as souvenirs from Glasgow

Leader of the Australian Greens Adam Bandt MP has said that the first ramifications for Australia’s climate delays are starting to show, with the EU ambassador warning that Australia may face carbon tariffs if Scott Morrison doesn’t stump up to Glasgow with strong 2030 targets.

“With no 2030 ambition, Scott Morrison’s going to Glasgow empty handed and he’ll return with carbon tariffs,” Mr Bandt said. 

“By cowardly submitting to Barnaby Joyce over 2030 targets, Scott Morrison has put a target on Australia’s back, exposing our exporters to carbon tariffs.

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Greens Announce $767m ‘Caring for Country’ Plan to Prevent Another Juukan

With a Senate Committee into the Juukan Gorge crisis due to conclude today, the Greens have announced a comprehensive $767 million ‘Caring for Country’ plan to expand protections for Indigenous areas and sacred sites, fund more First Nations ranger programs and legislate environmental personhood to areas of First Nations significance - ensuring that future crises’ like that at Juukan are avoided.

 

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Glasgow is all about 2030

As Scott Morrison and Barnaby Joyce parade their way towards a fraudulent ‘2050’ climate deal that includes the expansion of coal and gas, the Liberal and National parties’ refusal to lift 2030 targets sets Australia on course to fail the Paris Agreement temperature goals. 

The primary aim of the Glasgow climate summit is to lift 2030 targets. World leaders including Joe Biden and Boris Johnson have pressed Australia and other countries to lift 2030 targets.

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Climate Targets Panel blows the whistle on 2050 fraud

The independent Climate Targets Panel, headed by former Liberal Party Leader, John Hewson, has today made it clear that a ‘net zero by 2050’ target is not enough because Australia would still blow its carbon budget unless its 2030 target was up to tripled.

Australia’s ‘fair share’ target, in line with the Paris goal of 1.5 degrees of warming, should be 74% by 2030. That’s the finding of the independent Climate Targets Panel, based on Climate Change Authority methodology. 

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2030 targets must be law

As the climate corner that Scott Morrison has painted himself into grows smaller, the Greens say any attempt to spin 2030 targets that are neither legislated nor submitted at Glasgow as a binding NDC (Nationally Determined Contribution) will only invite ridicule and slow down global climate progress.

The international pressure is building on Australia ahead of Glasgow to join every other developed nation who will submit updated, increased 2030 targets at the conference. 

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Taylor's gas and coal expansion exposes 2050 target fraud

Energy Minister, Angus Taylor, in a bid to help the Morrison government secure a net-zero 2050 target with the National Party has promised more gas and coal exports, exposing the Morrison target as a fraud that won’t reduce emissions in the critical decade, if ever.

Greens Leader, Adam Bandt called 2050 targets that involve an expansion of coal and gas ‘a fraud and a death sentence to regional Australia’. The Greens’ target, in line with the Paris goal of 1.5 degrees of warming, is a legislated  75% cut by 2030 and net-zero by 2035.

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Greens move for 2030 coal phase-out

With Energy Security Board chairman Kerry Schott’s predicting that the grid could be without coal-fired power as in the early 2030’s, the Greens will move when Parliament resumes for a legally binding thermal coal phase out by 2030, arguing that without a planned transition, workers and coal communities will suffer disruption and uncertainty.

The Greens will give notice of a ‘Quit Coal’ bill when Parliament resumes next week with a legislated timetable for phasing out of thermal coal exports by 2030. 

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Nationals' quarter trillion climate bomb a dangerous joke

The Greens have slammed the Nationals’ proposed $250 billion publicly funded coal and gas bank as robbing public money to chase stranded assets for Nationals donors. 

“The Nationals are holding our country to ransom. They want a quarter of a trillion dollars to fund assets even the big banks won’t touch because they’re too dangerous, too deadly and will send anyone who lends them money broke,” Mr Bandt said.

“Barnaby Joyce is trying to lock the public into supporting coal projects no one else will touch with a ten foot pole.

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