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Federal budget embeds fossil fuel expenditure on gas and CCS escalating climate crisis

Photo: Fund our future not gas Courtesy AYCC

Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg delivered the 2021 Federal budget with lots of suger announcements on increased aged care spending, increased child care funding, women’s physical safety & economic security, NDIS, mental health, road infrastructure, and vaccine rollout.

But on addressing the climate and environment crisis, funding gas expansion continues and environment and conservation funding declines. This reinforces that the Federal government budget is for the short term, an election budget, failing to enact long term solutions for the climate crisis and the biodiversity crisis in Australia.

It wilfully ignores the intergenerational cost on our kids and future generations climate change impacts will incurr.

During the budget speech Josh Frydenberg said:

“In this budget, we are investing a further $1.6 billion to fund priority technologies, including clean hydrogen and energy storage…. This budget provides over $480 million in new funding for the environment, including $100 million to protect our oceans.” he also said the government is “on a pathway” to net zero “as soon as we possibly can”, which he says the government would like achieved preferably by 2050.”

Latika Bourke, Net zero ‘preferably’ by 2050, says Frydenberg, The Age

From a climate perpective the budget is deeply disappointing, as it fails to capitalise on Australia’s natural renewable energy advantages, or set Australia up as an emerging renewable energy powerhouse. It panders to vested interests in the fossil fuels industry. While it talked of wanting to reduce emissions and create jobs at the same time, it missed big, obvious, common sense opportunities to do so.

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May 12, 2021 at 12:17 am Leave a comment

Gas leak closes down Sydney Road shops in Coburg: we need transition off gas

Coburg Gas leak

A large gas leak in Coburg has closed down Sydney Road between Bell street and Harding street, threatening the strip shopping area including Victoria Street Mall.

The hazardous gas leak at 424 Sydney Rd, Coburg, has prompted an emergency warning at 12.20pm on Sunday 15 November. Gas fumes spread towards Victoria St Mall. All Gas services in the area have been impacted.

Let’s get this straight: Gas is a fossil fuel. Gas leaks can be dangerous (explosive potential). Breathing Gas can affect our health. There are fugitive emissions leaks throughout the distribution system.

We need to transition residential and business customers off gas both for short term safety and health, and long term climate safety. There are good alternatives to gas for heating, cooking and most industrial uses.
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November 15, 2020 at 1:18 pm 1 comment

Supporting September 25 Global climate strike while in pandemic lockdown

Climate strike protest in Moreland during Pandemic lockdown

How to support the Global climate strike on Friday September 25 here in Moreland?

We are still in stage 4 pandemic lockdown in Melbourne, only able to leave home for 4 valid reasons, including exercise within a 5 kilometre radius of our home.

School Strike 4 Climate highlighted that 600+ Climate events taking place around Australia on September 25 in the biggest-ever national action against gas.
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September 26, 2020 at 3:33 pm Leave a comment

Brunswick MP opposes Victorian Labor Government vote to lift gas ban

Dr Tim Read and Dr Samantha Ratanam – Don’t mention the Climate Emergency

We saw the real vandals in Victorian state parliament on June 3, 2020 in worsening the climate crisis – members of the Labor Party, Liberal Party and Nationals who all voted to lift the moratorium on onshore gas exploration and extraction. They all justified their actions saying gas is a transition fuel, but due to the underestimation of fugiture emissions and methane’s much greater global warming potential over 20 year time frame, it is far worse than coal. The Labor Party have no plans to transition residential, commercial or industrial customers away from gas.

“At some point opening up fossil fuel reserves so we can pump more carbon into the atmosphere will start to look like vandalism, and I believe we have reached that point now.” said Dr Tim Read, the Greens MP for Brunswick.

” And if it feels like vandalism now, what will it feel like in a decade when global heating is worse, when we have seen more climate change here and around the world and the damage it has caused?”
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June 8, 2020 at 12:50 am Leave a comment

Will Bill Shorten step up ’emergency’ climate action or is it just more gas?

Mark Butler and Peter Khalil

Bob Hawke’s death on the eve of the climate election will likely boost Opposition Leader Bill Shorten and the Labor Party success. Labor must not squander the opportunity to address the climate crisis by taking climate emergency action or engage in expanding fossil fuel coal and gas extraction.

At Blacktown today, in the same hall that Gough Whitlam launched Labor’s 1972 campaign, Bill Shorten stated that a Labor government would “take this emergency seriously”. It needs to be not empty words. The time for developing new coal or gas is over. It’s time to Stop Adani. It’s time to go 100 percent renewables by 2030.
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May 17, 2019 at 3:37 am Leave a comment

Vale Bob Hawke, Former Prime Minister and MP for Wills, an early champion of climate action

Bob Hawke. Photo by Eva Rinaldi (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Bob Hawke has died, at the age of 89, just two days before the climate election this year. He was Brunswick and Coburg’s MP for the seat of Wills from 18 October 1980 – 20 February 1992.

There will be many highlighting his role as a union leader and Secretary of the ACTU, as Prime Minister in restructuring the Australian Economy, but he was also important for environmental action through the term of his Prime Ministership. This started with his pre-election commitment to stop the construction of the Franklin Dam, for the Franklin River to flow free.

It also included initial moves in assessing the problem of Australian greenhouse gas emissions and setting targets on climate action.
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May 17, 2019 at 3:08 am Leave a comment

Media Release: Wills MP Peter Khalil reverses climate stance; now spruiks new fossil fuels

No new coal or GAS pipeline infrastructure

Media Release

Wills MP Peter Khalil reverses climate stance; now spruiks new fossil fuels

Representatives from a range of climate groups gathered outside the office of Wills Labor MP Peter Khalil on Friday May 3 to protest against Khalil’s support for new fossil fuel developments. The protest was part of the School Strike 4 #ClimateElection National Day of Action.

At the Wills Climate forum held on Monday April 29, Peter Khalil MP revealed that he supports new fossil fuel infrastructure, despite his earlier calls for strong immediate action to slash carbon emissions. 

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May 4, 2019 at 1:12 am 1 comment

Peter Khalil MP supports gas, backtracks on climate emergency message #climateelection

Local residents at the Wills candidates forum on climate and sustainability were dismayed – horrified even – that local Labor MP Peter Khalil is now supporting government funding for the expansion of the fossil fuel industry in Australia.

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Full house at Merlynston Progress Hall to hear Wills candidates policies

Peter Khalil was speaking to a capacity crowd at the Merlynston Progress Hall on Monday April 29. Within one hour, he had gone from calling for immediate action to address the climate emergency to endorsing the expansion of Australia’s natural gas industry. (more…)

May 1, 2019 at 7:44 pm Leave a comment

Victoria steps up with renewables target and ban on fracking

Premier Dan Andrews and Energy and Environment Minister Lily D'Ambrosio launching Victoria's renewable energy targets

Premier Dan Andrews and Energy and Environment Minister Lily D’Ambrosio launching Victoria’s renewable energy targets

In mid June Victoria stepped up it’s Renewable Energy target to 25 percent renewable energy share by 2020, and 40 percent by 2025. And this week Premier Daniel Andrews announced a permanent ban on onshore unconventional gas exploration and development and hydraulic fracturing (fracking).

While phaseout of coal generators is important, and we are hopeful that Hazelwood closure is in the near term pipeline, these are important announcements for climate action at the state level. It shows the state Government is treating the climate issue and their citizens with the seriousness that it deserves.

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