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Opinion Pieces

GOOD CLIMATE POLICY IS GOOD HEALTH POLICY

July 07, 2017

The World Health Organisation has described climate change as ‘the defining health challenge of the 21st century”. Living in a continent where we are already pushed right up against the limit of human tolerance, that description has added meaning for Australia.

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HOW AUSTRALIA BUNGLED CLIMATE POLICY TO CREATE A DECADE OF DISAPPOINTMENT

July 05, 2017

In the lead-up to the 2015 general election in the United Kingdom, the leaders of the three major parties sat down together and signed a statement on climate change policy that would seem unimaginable to Australians.

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ESTABLISHING AN ENERGY POLICY DRIVEN BY CHANGE

July 04, 2017

Like the rest of the world, Australia is facing a historic transition in our energy sector. Several drivers of change are overlapping, presenting us with massive challenges and massive new opportunities. In order to rise to the former and take full advantage of the latter, we need to do more than embrace new technology; we need to re-establish something that has been lacking for far too long in Australia – a real national energy policy.

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The Renewable Wars Aren't Over

January 19, 2017

I’m proud that Labor’s Climate Change Action Plan includes a target of 50 per cent of our energy from renewable sources by 2030. This is an achievable, sensible, emission reduction and energy modernisation policy which when implemented will place Australia at the forefront of the growing global renewable energy economy.

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WE NEED TO SHINE A LIGHT ON RISING ENERGY PRICES

January 05, 2017

It's only a few days into 2017 but already we have news of rising electricity prices.

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HEAT ON US TO SORT OUT CLIMATE CHANGE

January 05, 2017

While a decade ago climate change may have been characterised as a future problem, today it is very much in the here and now.

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