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Keep the Federal Government accountable for the Environment: Get Up Campaign

Posted in Movements, Policies by Kate Archdeacon on December 5th, 2012

Keep Federal Government Environment Power!

At a meeting this week the Federal Government will further its plan to hand over its environmental oversight and protection responsibilities to the States. The Business Council of Australia, who came up with the idea, want a blank permission slip to mine, log, or develop wherever they like. It beggars belief that the Prime Minister would want to hand over power to the States at a time like this. Former NSW government ministers are being investigated for multi-million dollar corruption in relation to Hunter Valley mining licenses. Queensland’s Campbell Newman is trying to allow giant coal ports inside the Great Barrier Reef. While in Tasmania miners want to dig up the ancient rainforests of the Tarkine.

If it weren’t for the protection of the Federal government, we would have lost places like the Great Barrier Reef, the Franklin River, the Daintree Rainforest and Fraser Island a long time ago. Don’t let this happen! With your support we’ll take out full-page ads, starting in The Australian on the day of the COAG meeting, asking the Prime Minister and Environment Minister Tony Burke to step up to their responsibilities, not hand them over to Barry O’Farrell, Campbell Newman and the other Premiers.

>> You can chip to help run the ads using the secure tool on the site.

Campaign to Invest in Solar Thermal

Posted in Policies, Seeking by Kate Archdeacon on September 28th, 2012

Source: Get Up

>>Invest in Solar Thermal

Right now there’s a proposal on the table to replace two of the highest polluting coal fired power stations in Australia with solar thermal. Building Australia’s first solar thermal plant in Port Augusta will help create hundreds of new jobs – and reduce harmful emissions that are contributing to climate change. It will deliver local investment and will do a great deal to mitigate long-standing community concerns about health issues related to the coal fired power plant.

There’s only one group of people who are yet to get behind it, and that’s the Government. Email your ALP MP using our tool [visit the web page] and ask them to commit to using our two existing renewable energy funds (ARENA and the CEFC) to fund Australia’s first solar thermal power plant.

Dr. Richard Di Natale: Vision for Australia

Posted in Events by Mark Ogge on November 22nd, 2011

5 December , 2011
6:30 pmto8:00 pm

Beyond Zero Emissions Discussion Group Guest:
Dr Richard Di Natale, Victoria’s first Greens Senator, elected in the 2010 federal election.

The son of Italian migrants, Richard grew up in Melbourne. Prior to entering parliament Richard was a general practitioner and public health specialist. He worked in Aboriginal health in the Northern Territory, on HIV prevention in India and in the drug and alcohol sector. His key health priorities include preventative health, public dental care and responding to the health impacts of climate change. He also actively supports the Landholders’ Right to Refuse Coal Seam Gas Bill 2011.  We welcome Richard to share his vision for Australia.

6:30pm,  Monday December 5

Entry: Gold coin donation

Fritz Loewe Theatre (entry via level 2)
McCoy Building
University of Melbourne
Cnr Elgin & Swanston Streets, Carlton

For more information about our guest, visit the Discussion Group on the Beyond Zero Emissions website.

National Day of Action: Support a Carbon Price

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on May 26th, 2011

5 June , 2011
11:00 amto1:00 pm

National Day of Action: Melbourne

Over the next few weeks the Government will decide whether to be ambitious when setting their carbon price and investments in renewable energy, or whether to give in to the big polluters. As we’ve seen before, often the loudest voice wins. That’s where you come in. We have one thing the opponents of a carbon price don’t: people power. We’re joining with organisations that together represent over three million Australians to organise massive rallies across the country on June 5. But people power is like a muscle: if you don’t use it, you lose it. Can you join us on June 5 for a fun, family-friendly rally to say “yes” to a price on pollution and clean energy?

Come along to the family friendly National Day of Action and show the government that the Australian community supports real and effective action to solve climate change. You can RSVP on the Get Up site.

On June 5 – come along to the State Library of Victoria at 11am. Say ‘Yes’ to cutting carbon pollution and to a cleaner Australia!

Photo: Walk Against Warming, 2009, © Get Up! Action for Australia

Support Climate Action & Clean Energy This Saturday

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on March 9th, 2011

12 March , 2011
11:00 amto1:00 pm

Source: Get Up

This Saturday March 12, we’re coming together to support climate action and clean energy.

The fear campaign against a price on pollution has become so absurd that talkback radio hosts are claiming this means the end of life as we know it. Independent MPs are receiving death threats, and the far-right are organising anti-climate action rallies. The first of these is this weekend – and at the same time, we’re coming together on the other side of Melbourne to prove that fighting for climate action is just as important.
With your help, we’ll prove there are more of us than there are of them – and in doing so we’ll make a powerful statement for climate action.
RSVP on the Get Up Site for Saturday’s rally – and please don’t forget to tell your friends!
When: This Saturday 12th of March
Where: Outside of Julia Gillard’s federal offices at Treasury Place (see map above)
Time: 11am

Can you join us?

Climate Change Public Lecture: Ross Garnaut

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on January 17th, 2011

3 February , 2011
6:00 pmto7:00 pm

Source: Victorian Climate Action Calendar

Register your attendance at

National Urban Policy: Open for Public Comment

Posted in Policies, Seeking by Kate Archdeacon on December 17th, 2010

“Our Cities – building a productive, sustainable and liveable future” is open for comments and feedback. This discussion paper is accompanied by a Background and Research Paper “Our Cities – the challenge of change”Our Cities sets out the Australian Government’s thinking on a national approach to urban development and the challenges we must address for our cities to become more productive, sustainable and liveable.  The purpose of the discussion paper is to frame the Australian Government’s policy approach to cities as the basis for a National Urban Policy to be released in 2011. It will establish national directions and objectives for our cities as we prepare for the decades ahead.  The discussion paper outlines the Australian Government’s aspirations under the themes of productivity, sustainability and liveability, and recognises the importance of good planning and governance. It aims to stimulate a national discussion on the outcomes we need for our cities.

Your feedback will guide how we make our cities more productive, sustainable and liveable. Following consideration of your comments, the Australian Government will set out the policy and program actions that are needed to achieve what we want for our cities.  The Australian Government has prepared a list of 28 questions in the discussion paper. You can respond in two ways:

1. Download and fill out the Discussion Paper Feedback Survey, fill in your contact details and press the ‘submit’ button at the bottom of the form, or
2. Register your details and upload a written submission. This option will be available from Tuesday 4 January 2011 until the consultation period ends.

Open for Public Comment until 1 March 2011

Proposed changes to the Renewable Energy Target: Advocacy update

Posted in Opinion by Kate Archdeacon on April 9th, 2010

Source: Zero Carbon Moreland

Image: richardmasoner via flickr CC

The Federal Government has recently announced proposed changes to the national Renewable Energy Target (RET). Those changes are aiming to provide more support to Australia’s fledgling wind energy industry and also address issues with the existing Solar Credits Scheme. MEFL has expressed concerns with the current Solar Credits Scheme, and therefore we welcome these proposed changes.

The proposal removes small-scale renewable energy, such as roof-top solar electricity and solar hot water, from the main RET. Instead all small renewables will become part of the Small Renewable Energy Scheme (SRES). For homeowners, the SRES provides greater certainty as well as ensuring that your investment in renewable energy is additional to the national target, which is a very good thing! For more information on the changes, visit MEFL’s Advocacy Blog.