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National Health Security Bill 2007 promotes improved health surveillance, information sharing and control of biological agents: MP

Posted by gmarkets on 8 October, 2007

The National Health Security Bill 2007 had a two-fold purpose, MP Nicola Roxon said in the Commonwealth House of Representatives on 20 September 2007. Read the rest of this entry »

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Labor offers Greenhouse and Energy Bill qualified support; attacks lack of submission time and Federal Govt fixation on “ramming through” Bills

Posted by gmarkets on 8 October, 2007

Labor believed emissions and energy data should be disclosed at the facility level, said South Australia’s Senator Dana Wortley in the Commonwealth Senate on 20 September 2007. Read the rest of this entry »

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Loose thresholds for greenhouse and energy reporting in Bill: just 20pc of currently reporting facilities caught in Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Bill

Posted by gmarkets on 8 October, 2007

All state governments represented at hearings on the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Bill 2007 perceived the original clause 5 as unreasonable, leaving their responsibility to implement their own legislation, policy and locally based climate change programs to the discretion, essentially, of a Commonwealth government minister, said South Australia’s Senator Dana Wortley in the Commonwealth Senate on 20 September 2007. Read the rest of this entry »

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Unintended consequences found in insufficiently examined National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Bill, says Labor Senator

Posted by gmarkets on 8 October, 2007

Overall there had not been appropriate timeframes for analysis of the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Bill 2007 by those it would affect and those charged with bringing it into law, said South Australia’s Senator Dana Wortley in the Commonwealth Senate on 20 September 2007. Read the rest of this entry »

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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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States green-laws banned: Federal data to be secret, but can appeal against Federal Greenhouse chief’s decisions: National Greenhouse, Bill 2007

Posted by gmarkets on 20 September, 2007

States can appeal against Fed Greenhouse chief’s decisions, said Malcolm Turnbull, as he filed amendments for a “right of appeal to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal to enable state and territory governments to appeal against a decision of the Greenhouse and Energy Data Officer not to disclose greenhouse and energy information.

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Australia will ‘move towards’ a domestic emissions trading system no later than 2012; Government to set fuzzy goal, in 2008, says PM

Posted by gmarkets on 20 September, 2007

In an answer to a question in the Federal Senate from Senator Lyn Allison, Senator Eric Abetz said that in response to the emissions trading taskgroup report released on 31 May 2007, Prime Minister John Howard announced on 3 June 2007 that Australia would move towards a domestic emissions trading system no later than 2012, and that the Government would set, in 2008, a long-term aspirational goal for cutting greenhouse gas emissions. Read the rest of this entry »

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Unannounced Federal bill on CO2 register undercuts State registries, set lower standards

Posted by gmarkets on 15 September, 2007

The Commonwealth was put on notice to manage greenhouse emissions, and responded with a bill totally misaligned with what the states had done so far, said Mr Gavin Jennings, Victorian Minister for Environment and Climate Change, in the Victorian Legislative Council on 22 August 2007.

States and territories decided to establish benchmark: “A quite extraordinary proposition was put up after the Council for the Australian Federation got together earlier this year,” said Jennings. “The states and territories met and determined that if the commonwealth would not step into this space to regulate, they would do it themselves to make sure they knew what the greenhouse gas emissions system was throughout Australia. The states and territories determined that they would create the benchmark and the capacity to know where we as a nation are travelling with greenhouse generation and be able to drive important reforms, such as emissions trading. We put the commonwealth on notice to come up with a scheme to implement it.”

1400 industries measured in Victoria: “Out of the blue a bill arrived in the federal Parliament last week totally unannounced — and it is totally out of kilter with the current regulatory regime and out of kilter with the way the states and territories have planned to be able to measure reporting mechanisms now and into the future. … In relation to this initiative, the regime that we currently have in place in Victoria under the national pollutant inventory provides for 1400 energy-intensive industries to be measured through that regulatory impact including the state of Victoria.”

Commonwealth proposes monitoring fewer industries: “What has the commonwealth regime introduced? The bill that is before the commonwealth Parliament at the moment not only says, ‘Away with the inventory in Victoria, away with the 1400 companies that are currently being measured across Australia and let’s replace them with 700 companies which fall within the scope of the commonwealth regulation’,” said Jennings. “Not only that but it is particularly unclear in relation to the mechanisms that measure gas and electricity generation through the National Electricity Market Management Company (NEMMCO). Is it covered by the bill? The answer is a deafening silence from the commonwealth. We do not know whether it will measure these into the future.”

Reference: Gavin Jennings, Minister for Environment and Climate Change, Parliament of Victoria – Legislative Council Daily Hansard, Victoria, 22 August 2007.

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Victorian renewable energy target (VRET) triggers wind, hydro and solar energy projects throughout state

Posted by gmarkets on 15 September, 2007

In spite of political opposition, the Victorian renewable energy target (VRET) legislation had resulted in a significant increase in renewable energy in the state, Victorian Minister for Industry and Trade, T C Theophanous, said in the Victorian Legislative Council on 23 August 2007.

$400 million wind farm investment: According to Theophanous the Opposition had “…voted against the Victorian renewable energy target (VRET) legislation. They have done everything they possibly could to make sure that there was no renewable energy industry. Notwithstanding that, the renewable energy industry is an important industry, and it has resulted in a significant increase in renewable energy in this state. Let me give the house some examples. We already have a number of wind farms operating: the Challicum Hills, Codrington, Portland, Toora and Wonthaggi wind farms. On top of that, under construction is the massive 192-megawatt Waubra wind farm near Ballarat, with an investment of somewhere around $400 million. There are a number of big wind farm projects, but that is not all the renewable energy industry driven by the Victorian renewable energy scheme has been able to facilitate.”

VRET encourages further $630 million investment: “The new Bogong hydro scheme was only possible because of the VRET scheme,” Theophanous said. “It is a $230 million investment; so there is new hydro power as well. The proposed solar power facility in Mildura, which is an investment of in excess of $400 million, can only work with the assistance of the Victorian renewable energy scheme. There are many other wind farms which are in the planning stages or have received planning approval, including the Macarthur wind farm, the Gellibrand wind farm, the Mount Mercer wind farm, the Yaloak wind farm and various others. The Macarthur wind farm is an AGL wind farm. A lot was said about the Dollar wind farm, and it is not going ahead. But AGL is going ahead with the Macarthur wind farm, which is a 300-megawatt wind farm investment in this state.”

Reference: T. C. Theophanous, Minister for Industry and Trade, Parliament of Victoria – Legislative Council Daily Hansard, Victoria, 23 August 2007.

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ClimateSmart Living campaign begins in Queensland: 155,000t of greenhouse gas gas emissions per year could be saved by changing light bulbs

Posted by gmarkets on 15 September, 2007

‘Change a Light Bulb Day’ on September 1 was just one of several government initiatives in the ClimateSmart Living campaign to encourage Queenslanders to make small lifestyle changes that would cumulatively have a big effect, said Premier Peter Beattie in the Queensland Parliament on 22 August 2007.

Change a Light Bulb Day in Queensland: “As part of our climate change strategy, we are moving to reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” the Premier said. “I want to remind members that 1 September is Change a Light Bulb Day in Queensland. I launched this campaign with the minister for the environment, Lindy Nelson-Carr, at the Ekka as part of the government’s 12-month ClimateSmart Living campaign and, along with 5,500 other Ekka goers, pledged to change a light bulb on 1 September. … Change a Light Bulb Day is about encouraging all Queenslanders to change at least one incandescent light bulb with a compact fluorescent light to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas. This is about small things making a big difference. One 60 watt incandescent light bulb, running six hours a day, produces 120kg of greenhouse gas each year. A compact fluorescent light, running for the same time, produces only 22kg. If every Queensland household replaced just one incandescent light bulb with a compact fluorescent one, Queensland would save almost 155,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions in a year.”

Series of action days in campaign: “Climate change is real,” Beattie said. “What we do to combat it is critical and it’s up to all of us to do our part to cut greenhouse gas emissions. Changing a light bulb is one easy way everyone can participate and I encourage all Members of this House to take part. Change a Light Bulb Day is the first in a series of state-wide action days encouraging Queenslanders to reduce greenhouse gas. Further ClimateSmart Living promotions include “Cool it by Degrees” asking residents to check their refrigerator temperature for efficiency, “Climate Under Pressure” encouraging motorists to pump up their tyres to reduce fuel, “Splash and Dash Day” to encourage Queenslanders to cut time in showers, as well as “Queensland Unplugged” to encourage people to switch off appliances not in use.”

Reference: PD Beattie, Premier and Minister for Trade, Member for Brisbane Central, Australian Labor Party, Records of Proceedings, First session of the Fifty-Second Parliament, Queensland, 22 August 2007.

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