|Greens Leader Christine Milne|
Greens Leader Christine Milne, attending the Greens National Council meeting in Hobart this weekend, said the Greens are ready for an election but are focused on delivering a fairer school funding model, the national network of marine parks, and $50 a week to Newstart recipients, before the polling day.
“While the Prime Minister is working to keep her party together I urge Labor to focus on cementing socially and environmentally progressive reform and not tear themselves further apart.” Christine Milne said.
“Before people call for a no-confidence vote and an early election I urge them to think of the children of Australia who have been waiting for a fair funding model for decades and will be denied it under a Coalition Government.
“Specifically Tasmania will lose millions if the clean energy package is undermined and the renewable energy target cut, as the Coalition has indicated it will do – Tasmanian Hydro will lose $70 million a year.
“In choosing a new energy and resources minister I call on the Prime Minister to recognise that to transition Australia away from the old fossil fuel age and onto a path to a clean, green and clever it will take a minister who is committed to getting Australia off a path to 4 degrees of warming.
“At the same time Tony Abbott must come clean on whether he will maintain the current gigawatt hour target for large-scale renewable energy.
“He cannot continue to fudge this issue as the wind industry is being undermined and being held back every day that he fails to answer the question.”