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Senator Janet Rice: We have a budget emergency, A carbon budget emergency

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In the Senate on Thursday 15 September, Victorian Greens Senator Janet Rice made an impassioned speech: There is opportunity in our climate crisis, but we must take a different direction. (Youtube) .

Janet Rice’s electoral office is on Sydney Road, Coburg.

It is worthwhile listening to her speech in full as Rice understands the climate science and frames the Government omnibus budget bill and the deal to slash ARENA funding in this context. She refers at the start to talking with ANU climate scientist Dr Andrew Glikson.
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September 16, 2016 at 2:22 am Leave a comment

Importance of Climate action motivates Greens Senator Janet Rice

IMG_5972-Janet_Rice-at_North-Melbourne-station-600x680New Victorian Greens Senator Janet Rice, who took up office from 1st July, has emphasised the importance of climate change as one of the primary motivations for her as a Senator and legislator in Canberra.

In her first ‘official’ speech she outlined her first moment on her long journey to Canberra after coming out of a 1980 climatology lecture by Dr Barrie Pittock on the greenhouse effect at Melbourne University. The realisation dawned of the serious nature of climate change and its global impact.

“Learning about global warming politicised me.” she said.

It set in place a career in environmental activism (See wikipedia bio) from the Tasmanian Franklin Blockade onwards including being active in East Gippsland forest campaigns, being pivotal in the formation of the Victorian Greens, as well as 6 years on Maribyrnong Council, including one year as Mayor.

“Global warming made me realise that justice wasn’t always done. That governments ignored things they did not want to confront because of powerful vested interests, or because the problems were hard and the benefits of taking action took longer than an election cycle to be realised.”
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September 3, 2014 at 4:54 pm Leave a comment


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