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Democracy has been bought and we have to take it back to win on climate

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An armada of kayakers blocked the Newcastle harbour entrance while 70 people blocked a critical rail crossing preventing any coal from getting to the port for over six hours. In total 2,000 people took part in the action shutting down the world’s largest coal port for a day, preventing the shipment of almost 2 megatonnes of coal during the protest. Photograph: 350.org

A majority of voters are in support of more government action on climate change – and yet somehow it’s not an election issue. Let’s make it one

May 26, 2016 — The current dissonance between election campaign rhetoric and the facts of climate change is unfathomable, that is, until you dig a little deeper. Continue reading Democracy has been bought and we have to take it back to win on climate

Great Barrier Reef, advisers call for cap on farm pollution

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The Great Barrier Reef significantly more investment to improve water quality, government advisers say. Photograph: Matt Curnock/AFP/Getty Images

Taskforce head reportedly tells Queensland government ‘we’re stuffed with a capital S’ if water quality isn’t improved

May 25, 2016 — A cap on pollution from farms close to the Great Barrier Reef has been proposed by advisers to the Queensland government. Continue reading Great Barrier Reef, advisers call for cap on farm pollution

Richard Di Natale faces first verdict on Greens’ new pragmatism

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Richard Di Natale, pictured with Greens senator Larissa Waters this week, says he is not afraid to upset the left. Photograph: Sam Mooy/AAP

The party leader goes into the election with ambitious plans, having shown his willingness to negotiate with the Coalition

May 5, 2016 — Here’s a quote from Margaret Thatcher warning about climate change. In the 1980s.

“For generations, we have assumed that the efforts of mankind would leave the fundamental equilibrium of the world’s systems and atmosphere stable. Continue reading Richard Di Natale faces first verdict on Greens’ new pragmatism

Essential poll shows Labor maintains a 52-48, two-party preferred lead

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Labor’s four-point lead in the polls is the same as last week. Photograph: Bloomberg/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The poll shows 57% support for Labor’s carbon emissions policy and 43% of voters in favor of negative gearing

May 3, 2016 — Labor has maintained a 52-48, two-party preferred lead in the latest Essential poll, and also received majority support for its carbon policy. Continue reading Essential poll shows Labor maintains a 52-48, two-party preferred lead

Turnbull warns Labor’s emissions trading schemes will destroy jobs

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Malcolm Turnbull says Labor’s proposed emissions trading schemes would ‘double the burden on Australia, relative to other countries’. Photograph: Stefan Postles/Getty Images

Prime minister criticises Labor’s plan, claiming it will raise energy prices, be an ‘economic handbrake’ and do little to combat climate change

April 27, 2016 — Malcolm Turnbull has criticised Labor’s plan to reintroduce an emissions trading scheme, warning it would be a “jobs-destroying” measure, a handbrake on the economy, lead to Continue reading Turnbull warns Labor’s emissions trading schemes will destroy jobs

Business council praises Labor’s ‘bridge’ to emissions trading scheme

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The Business Council of Australia had previously lobbied against a carbon tax, but on Wednesday the chief executive called for ‘Australia to begin the careful transformation of our economy if we are to achieve our lower emission future’. Photograph: Mick Tsikas/Reuters

Surprise praise from business lobby group centres on ALP climate policy’s potential to become bipartisan, despite Coalition criticism

April 27, 2016 — Labor’s climate policy has won unexpected praise from the Business Council of Australia’s chief executive, Jennifer Westacott, who said the plan could provide a platform for Continue reading Business council praises Labor’s ‘bridge’ to emissions trading scheme

Di Natale says Greens-Coalition government is ‘inconceivable’

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Speaking at the National Press Club in Canberra, the Greens leader, Richard Di Natale, criticised the lack of courage shown by Coalition and Labor MPs. Photograph: Mick Tsikas/AAP

With an eye on the election, the Greens leader uses his National Press Club speech to tackle climate change, tax, the wealthy and the ‘old parties’ of the establishment

April 27, 2016 — It is “inconceivable” that the Greens would form a minority government with the Coalition if the election came to that, given their views on global warming, asylum seekers and renewable energy, says the party’s leader, Richard Di Natale. Continue reading Di Natale says Greens-Coalition government is ‘inconceivable’

Why Coalition climate scare campaign is not credible

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Malcolm Turnbull at a building site near Brisbane on Wednesday. The prime minister has gone on the attack since Labor released its climate policy. Photograph: Glenn Hunt/AAP

Malcolm Turnbull is attempting to discredit Labor’s new emissions plan. Here are six reasons the government’s campaign is wrong

April 27, 2016 — 1. The prime minister says that by promising to cut emissions by 45% by 2030, rather than 26% to 28% (as the government has pledged) Labor is “doubling the burden” on Australians. But modelling commissioned by the Coalition from Continue reading Why Coalition climate scare campaign is not credible

Labor proposes two emissions trading schemes costing $355.9m

Opposition maintains ambitious targets but aims to minimise cost to households and defers details until after election

April 26, 2016 — Labor is proposing two emissions trading schemes – one for big industrial polluters and an electricity industry model similar to one once backed by Malcolm Turnbull – in a climate policy that trumps the Coalition’s ambition but minimises the hit on Continue reading Labor proposes two emissions trading schemes costing $355.9m

Emissions on the rise from Australia’s largest climate polluters

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The Australian Conservation Foundation has called on the federal government to ‘close Australia’s coal-fired power stations in phases’. Photograph: Meredith O’Shea for the Guardian
Australian Conservation Foundation report shows a 3.2% jump in emissions by the country’s biggest polluters despite Coalition’s climate target claims

March 4, 2016 — Australia’s biggest climate polluters increased their emissions in the year to July 2015, according to the latest data from Australia’s Clean Energy Regulator.

Continue reading Emissions on the rise from Australia’s largest climate polluters