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Premier refuses to answer question on Victorian coal phaseout plan

Ellen Sandell asking about coal phaseout plan

The Premier Daniel Andrews failed to answer a direct question on Wednesday, the last sitting day this year for state parliament, on a transition plan to close Victoria’s dirty coal plants and stop coal mining and burning in Victoria for good, asked on behalf of School strike for climate kids.

Greens MP Ellen Sandell (Melbourne) asked the Premier, on behalf of all the students striking for climate justice, when he would urgently release his coal transition plan. She also highlighted that the Andrews government has extended the licence for the dirtiest coal station in Australia, Yallourn.

Premier, while your government has done some really good things on renewables, you are suspiciously silent when it comes to coal. My question is: will you hear the call of these brave young people and urgently release a plan to close Victoria’s dirty coal plants and stop coal mining and burning in Victoria for good?

Instead of answering the question, the Premier diverted his answer into the Victorian Renewable Energy Target of 50 per cent renewables by 2030 (The kids are demanding 100 percent by 2030), the lack of Federal leadership and in particular raising the old history in another parliament of Greens senators opposition to the CPRS scheme.
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December 20, 2018 at 10:51 pm Leave a comment

ALP acknowledges climate emergency at National Conference

Ged Kearney moves motion at ALP conference recognising importance of IPCC 1.5C report and that we are in a climate emergency

Due to the behind the scenes work of Ged Kearney, Federal MP for Batman (being renamed Cooper), the ALP National Conference meeting in Adelaide has adopted a climate change motion that highlights the IPCC Special Report on 1.5C and that we are in a climate emergency.

“Climate Action Moreland welcomes the ALP acknowledging the climate emergency at their national policy conference”, said John Englart, Convenor of Climate Action Moreland.
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December 17, 2018 at 2:50 pm Leave a comment

Pressure on Bill Shorten over Adani with Sit-Down protest scheduled

March for our future #stopAdani 8/12/2018

With Adani announcing they are proceeding with building the Carmichael coal mine in the Galilee Basin in Queensland last week, snap protests were called in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane and Cairns for Saturday 8th December that attracted thousands. In Melbourne the intersection of Flinders Street and Swanston street was occupied in a sit-down protest for over half an hour.

Stop Adani and climate action groups have called for a sit-down protest at Bill Shorten’s office in Hall street, Moonee Ponds on Wednesday 12 December at 8 AM – 11 AM (Facebook Event)
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December 9, 2018 at 2:35 pm Leave a comment

Congratulations to Lizzie Blandthorn and Tim Read being elected to #springst

The Victorian state election is over and two of Moreland’s state MP’s signed the climate emergency declaration during the campaign: Labor’s Lizzie Blandthorn in Pascoe Vale, and the Greens Tim Read in Brunswick.

The first important step for our elected representatives is to acknowledge the problem, that we have a climate crisis, a climate emergency, that requires a level of emergency climate planning and action.

We are glad and congratulate that two of our three Legislative Assembly representatives have acknowledged the problem and in the coming four years expect they will act in their respective parties and in parliament to ramp up climate action consistent with climate science and climate targets. The citizens of Moreland expect nothing less.
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December 5, 2018 at 4:08 pm Leave a comment

Victorian Energy Minister Lily D’Ambrosio signs climate emergency declaration

Lily D’Ambrosio MP for Mill Park, Minister for Energy

The Victorian Minister for Energy signed on to the climate emergency declaration.

At the Brunswick prepoll station for the Victorian election the Energy Minister Lily D’Ambrosio was handing out How to Vote cards for Brunswick Labor Candidate Cindy O’Connor.

As Cindy has already signed the climate emergency declaration, I asked Ms D’Ambrosio if she would consider signing the declaration. After a short period considering the request, she accepted and signed the declaration.
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November 17, 2018 at 6:35 pm 3 comments

Deciphering climate policy for Northern Metro Legislative Council Parties in #vicvotes

Northern Metro Region VoteClimate Scorecard

Climate Action Moreland is campaigning on climate related election issues in the Moreland based seats of Brunswick, Pascoe Vale and Broadmeadows and also in the Northern Metro Region (Legislative Council). The State election is on Saturday 24 November 2018.

We have done a policy review of all party groups standing for the Northern Metro Region (Legislative Council).

Also read our detailed posts on the 3 lower house electorates:

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November 12, 2018 at 10:34 am 2 comments

Broadmeadows #vicvotes candidates sign on to #climateemergency

The 2018 State election date is November 24, and candidate nominations closed on 9 November. We are asking all candidates to sign the Climate Emergency Declaration.

Sheridan Tate, the Greens candidate, and Jerome Small, the Victorian Socialist candidate have both signed:

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November 12, 2018 at 10:16 am 3 comments

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