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Northern Australia – the future food bowl: work on to identify eight to 12 small-scale sustainable precincts to potentially open up to 10,000 to 20,000 hectares across the north outside the Ord

Posted by gmarkets on 3 October, 2007

With the non-occurrence of La Nina and the related worsening drought situation across most of Australia, it was high time to focus on the possibilities of Northern Australia and the region west of Ord river with relatively abundant water and the added benefits the north presented in reducing greenhouse gases, as the potential food bowl of the nation said Senator Alan Eggleston, Senator for Western Australia, member of the Government’s Backbench Policy Committee on Health and Ageing, Liberal Party of Australia, in the Commonwealth Senate on 18 September 2007, quoting Mark Lewis of the Western Australia Department of Agriculture, who is the manager of NRM and industry development for rangelands.

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Tas police take legal action to recover costs from forest protester: ‘unprecedented’ move, say lawyers

Posted by gmarkets on 3 October, 2007

In a move lawyers called unusual and unprecedented, Tasmania Police was taking legal action to recover costs from a forest protester, reported The Mercury (5/9/2007, p.1).

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Australian universities “in danger of being captured by the fossil fuel industry”

Posted by gmarkets on 3 October, 2007

According to Brendan O’Keefe in The Australian (13/6/07, p. 29), Australia’s universities were in danger of being captured by the fossil fuel industry, a report released today has claimed.

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In 2007-08 spending on Emergency Services NSW will reach a record $831 million, an increase of almost 9 per cent

Posted by gmarkets on 3 October, 2007

Treasurer and Minister for the Hunter Michael Costa said in the NSW Legislative Assembly on 18/6/07 that the devastating floods in the Hunter and the Central Coast were a grim reminder of how much we relied on our emergency services in times of natural disaster and other major emergencies.

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Sydney City, Parramatta and North Sydney councils, working towards greenhouse gas reductions through tenancy fit-outs of older buildings: $1bn in Climate Change Summit retrofit public buildings fund

Posted by gmarkets on 3 October, 2007

Businesses were very aware that a deteriorating physical environment was not conducive to growth, said Clover Moore, the Member for Sydney, in the NSW Legislative Assembly on 27 June 2007.

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Eminently possible to deploy existing natural gas and renewable generation options, combined with demand side measures, to meet demand for electrical energy services at tenth to half greenhouse-intensity of a coal-fired power station using super-critical technology

Posted by gmarkets on 3 October, 2007

In a submission to the Owen Inquiry into Electricity Supply in NSW, energy and environment consultant George Wilkenfeld said the rapid enhancement of demand side programs, the introduction of carbon pricing and strengthening the support for renewables and small-scale generation, along with
increasing net imports from Victorian and Queensland, should delay the need for new baseload generation.

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Vic Premier Bracks supports introduction of national emissions trading scheme, Victoria also the only state to mandate energy retailers required to purchase minimum of 10pc renewable energy by 2016

Posted by gmarkets on 3 October, 2007

During the Victorian Legislative Assembly (23/5/07), Steve Bracks, the Premier of Victoria moved that the house support the introduction of a national emissions trading scheme to reduce Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions, which contribute to global warming and climate change, and in particular support an effective national emissions trading scheme which:

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