Politics

Electricity and a price on pollution

Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Get the truth on power prices. Why are they really rising? Listen to Australian Conservation Foundation's Simon O'Connor (Economic Adviser) and Claire Maries (Climate Change Campaigner) as they answer your questions about electricity prices. What is affecting power prices? What impact would a price tag on pollution have? What can you do to cut your power bills at home?

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Members with influence

Friday, 27 August 2010

Meet the politicians who will have a big say in our final government, including their position on 'green' policies.

Senator Bob Brown

The Improbable Politician

Monday, 16 August 2010

Nature has been at the heart of inspiration for Green's Senator Bob Brown. It's where he's found his purpose, drive and courage.

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Rudd’s climate change lessons

Friday, 2 March 2012

Kevin Rudd stands as a monument to Labor's lost opportunities on climate change. If Rudd was driven by policy principle rather than politics he could have stood his ground and gone to a double dissolution election early in 2010. He probably would have won the election easily and history may have been very different.

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Wind politics

Friday, 2 September 2011

Governments in New South Wales and Victoria have clamped down on wind energy and their decisions are not based on science, they're catering for vested interests. Wind power will generate investment, jobs and income. It's not perfect but it's an important part of the mix.

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The politics of carbon

Friday, 15 April 2011

This week marked a turning point in the debate around the proposed carbon price with the government declaring that Australians will be better off when compensation for price rises is distributed. It has changed the politics around the debate. But with a massive compensation scheme, there is little incentive for the big polluters to scale back emissions.

Electricity

Carbon prices? Try electricity prices

Friday, 1 April 2011

The government's climate change advisor Ross Garnaut has recommended overhauling the electricity industry in the transition to a carbon price. Rising electricity prices have become the single most important factor influencing policy in the carbon pricing debate. But prices are rising anyway, regardless of whether there is a carbon price or not.

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Carbon conflict

Friday, 4 March 2011

The government has announced a carbon price and the Opposition has turned it into an election issue. Getting a carbon policy over the line will not be easy; it will require the kind of leadership we haven't yet seen.

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Back to climate change

Friday, 3 September 2010

Political business and international developments have put climate change back on the agenda.

Senator Bob Brown in Melbourne

Greens make history

Monday, 23 August 2010

The Greens have achieved their most encouraging results in a Federal election in the history of the party, winning over 12 per cent of the votes in the Senate, and a total of over one million votes in the House of Representatives.

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