The Senate has passed a motion calling on the government to support renewable energy in South Australia and protect thousands of jobs by backing the Renewable Energy Target in full.
"South Australia is leading the way on renewables, with billions already invested in wind and solar, but the Abbot government is putting that at risk," Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.
"Scrapping or winding back the RET will be devastating for South Australia.
The Australian Greens welcome reports that the Palmer United Party will block Tony Abbott’s plan to hand federal environmental approval powers to state governments, including the Newman Government, and call on Mr Palmer to confirm this is his final voting position.
Victorian Greens leader Greg Barber says coal miners must pay to make the Latrobe Valley safe.
"Apart from emergency response, the Hazelwood Inquiry report recommends no particular measures to make the mine itself safe and avoid a repeat of the disaster we saw early this year. It notes that rehabilitation is 'complex, costly and time consuming' and simply suggests the mine owner goes away and studies the problem," Mr Barber said.
Greens spokesperson for Small Business, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, says that the mining tax repeal delivers a massive blow to the small business sector.
Senator Whish-Wilson said, “This massive win for the mining companies comes at the expense of not just worker’s superannuation, but is also a body-blow to small business.
Today in the Senate, the Greens Senator for Consumer Affairs, Competition Policy and Small Business, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson will introduce the Corporations Amendment (Financial Advice) Bill 2014 to provide improved definitions for consumers seeking financial advice.