Duped by Desalination

“Figures just released to parliament revealing that in excess of $570 million will be paid annually to the consortium building the Wonthaggi desalination plant, regardless of how much water it delivers”, said Neil Rankine, Greens candidate for Bass, “show that the State Government was incompetent in ordering such a large plant.

“AquaSure the international consortium building the plant and the banks, Westpac and NAB, that set up the financing on the other hand have clearly secured a great set of contracts for themselves.

“Premier Bracks said the plant would be run constantly at full capacity when he announced it in 2007. They have been back-pedalling ever since. The excessive scale of the desalination plant was confirmed by studies I was involved in more than two years ago and again by DSE studies for the Environmental Effects Statement required for the desal plant.

Greens first rural/regional Victorian seat Western Victoria

Impressive results in the federal election for the Australian Greens suggest Western Victoria could be the first rural/regional seat for the Greens in Victoria.
 
Marcus Ward is the Australian Greens lead candidate for the state Upper House seat of Western Victoria. Marcus lives near Kyneton with his partner Chris where they operate a wildlife shelter rehabilitating orphaned and injured animals. He's an architect specialising in energy efficient rural housing with over 300 completed projects throughout Victoria.
 
The Greens received a larger swing than both Labor and Liberal across Western Victoria, achieving over 12.5 percent of the Senate vote.

Senator Milne to National Farmers Federation Congress: Let's grasp this opportunity to drive rural and regional agenda

Addressing the National Farmers' Federation Congress, Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Senator Christine Milne, urged farmers to seize this tremendous opportunity to shape their own future instead of adapting to changes forced onto them.

The Greens and rural independents who will share the balance of power in the new parliament also share elements of a positive vision for rural and regional Australia.

Its a Green Slide !

Congratulations to all Greens campaigners and supporters.

The Australian Greens have recorded a record result in both the Senate and House of Representatives.

Congratulations to Adam Bandt in the seat of Melbourne, Richard Di Natale our new Victorian senator and to all the successfull Senate candidates.

For those of who who like to crunch the raw numbers, here are the final results of the 2010 election for The Greens in Victoria, as compared to 2007.

Results of note in Victoria:

  • Statewide House of Reps total has increased by 50% to 12.2%
  • Greens WIN in the seat of MELBOURNE, with a swing of well over 10%, possibly as high as 13% to a primary vote of 36%
  • Greens WIN in the SENATE in Victoria with just over a quota (14.3%).
  • BATMAN is now 42 /58 Greens/Labor 2 party preferred, with Alex Bhathal and the Batman team topping The Liberals vote and achieving a primary vote of nearly 24%
  • A swing of over 6% in MELBOURNE PORTS to bring our vote to over 21% - an outstanding result from Sue Plowright and the Port Phillip/SMECC team.
  • A slightly smaller swing in WILLS from Mark Riley and team to bring us to over 19%.
  • More than doubled our vote in the seats of MALLEE, MURRAY, CORIO, GORTON and HOLT - with mostly first-time candidates.
  • Lenka Thompson and team almost tripled our vote in CALWELL.
  • We have increased our vote by around 50% in many other seats, including notable results in the blue-ribbon Liberal-held seats of GOLDSTEIN (16.2%), HIGGINS (17.2%) and KOOYONG (18.27).

 

Top 10 Reasons to Vote Green this Saturday

  1. The Greens stand up for what’s right, not just what’s easy. Whether it’s protecting the environment, introducing universal dental care, opposing the war in Iraq or advocating for refugees to be treated humanely, the Greens are driven by values, not polls.
  2. It’s the Party everyone’s heading to. The Greens are the third largest political party in Australia, with five national Senators, 22 State MPs and more than 100 local Greens councillors already playing a positive and constructive role across Australia. More than a million Australians voted Green in 2007, and we're the fastest-growing party in the country.
  3. Break the deadlock in the Senate between the Government and the Opposition. Last time the Government of the day also got control of the Senate, we got WorkChoices. Or, Tony Abbott's Coalition could easily win control of the Senate, which would deliver Australians nothing but three years of deadlock. We deserve a Senate that will work for us and deliver strong, sensible action – not just spin.
  4. Provide future generations with clean air, clean water and a stable climate. The Greens will tackle climate change by putting a price on carbon for big polluters in the next term of government. It’s time we created new clean energy jobs and started investing in the economy of the future.

Greens - How To Vote Cards

As how-to-vote cards are finalised, we will put them here for you to view in advance.

http://greens.org.au/howtovote

Let's inject some sense into the debate over marine parks

"What a stir the debate on marine parks is causing and what a storm in a teacup", said Dr Malcolm McKelvie, Greens candidate for McMillan.

"Even our coalition candidates won't find the concept too hard to understand- protect some sites from fishing so the fish populations can breed and thrive and spread out so there are more fish to catch everywhere else for people now as well as their children and grandchildren. It's not difficult nor very complicated- it's another policy that makes good sense and works."

Greens say much more is needed for the Snowy River

Greens candidate for Gippsland Michael Bond has cautiously welcomed the Federal Government water announcements but is concerned that they will only result in minor increases in flows to the Snowy River.

Meeting with members of the Snowy River Alliance in Bairnsdale and Paynesville, Michael said: “The announcement to pay out the Snowy River “debt” will only result in a mere 2% increase to flows for the current water year (2010-11) when the legislated target for June 2009 was 15% below Jindabyne Dam and 21% by 2012.

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