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Minister blames staff for failures over Juukan Gorge tragedy

Labor is calling on the Minister to provide a full explanation to the Australian people about what she knew and when, and why she appears to have no process in place for exercising emergency intervention powers.

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National leadership on waste crisis still missing

The current “leave it to the states” approach means that we aren’t protecting our environment or giving the waste industry the opportunity to expand and grow jobs to reach the scale needed for a modern recycling industry with matched manufacturing capacity.

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Morrison is sweeping the extinction crisis under the COVID-19 carpet

Cuts, mismanagement and cluelessness by this government have left Australia ill-equipped to preserve and protect our beloved national icons.

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Government must assist stranded Aussies

All Australians need to have confidence that there is a system in place that is sensible, transparent, properly resourced and fair, and the government needs to do a lot more to assist stranded and vulnerable citizens.

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Hydrogen fuel technology

In Australia, we have some of the best renewable energy conditions on the planet and we should be a top-of-the-tree, state-of-the-art player when it comes to green hydrogen, but, needless to say, that’s difficult when you have a government that underrates and undermines renewable energy at every turn.

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In honour of World War II service: Bill Cork

On Saturday 15 August we marked the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II, a conflict that involved enormous suffering and sacrifice.

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Committee Report: Delegation to India

It was particularly useful with respect to learning about India’s energy challenges and achievements, which I think would surprise a lot of people in Australia. For example, India already derives a substantially higher proportion of its energy from renewable sources than we do here in Australia.

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Committee Report: Transparency in Carbon Emissions Accounting

At present, Australia’s system of greenhouse gas accounting and reporting is structured to be in compliance with agreements that flow from the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

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Product Stewardship (Oil) Amendment Bill 2020

In another area of Australian life, if a person found a loophole in a legal definition so they could claim single-parent payments when they weren’t a single parent or a disability payment when they didn’t have a disability, we wouldn’t be sanguine about that. We wouldn’t say, ‘That’s clever; good on you for figuring that out and going down that path.’ I’m pretty sure I know how that would be treated in the mainstream media.

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Indigenous heritage protection woefully inadequate

The bottom line is the protection of Indigenous cultural heritage in Australia is woefully inadequate. There is no effective national protection framework. I’m not sure we needed the Juukan Gorge tragedy to tell us that.

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