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November 2007 - Kevin Rudd wins Australian election
New Directions: Clean Coal
Kevin Rudd says:
is being left behind responding to climate change
and that is bad news for Australian jobs and
paper, New Directions For Australias Coal Industry,
outlines our detailed plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions
and create and secure jobs in the coal industry.
plan follows the announcement by 27 European Union
leaders to cut greenhouse emissions by 20% by 2020.
the same time, under a Howard Government, Australia
is set to increase emissions by 27% by 2020.
EU will join China and California in getting 20% of
its energy from clean energy sources. Under the Howard
Government, Australia has a paltry 1% clean energy
governments are not dominated by climate change sceptics.
can the Howard Government - which is full of climate
change sceptics - be part of the climate change solution?"
"Australia is the worlds largest coal exporter.
The industry is worth around $24.5 billion in exports
annually and directly employs more than 30,000 Australians.
coal for energy, however, results in the emission
of large amounts of greenhouse gases, and thats
why Australia needs a comprehensive plan to tackle
climate change and protect jobs.
new paper follows the release on 25th February of
our National Clean Coal Initiative which included:
up a $500 million National Clean Coal Fund to generate
at least $1.5 billion in new investment in partnership
with the private sector;
Setting a national objective for clean-coal generated
electricity to enter the national electricity grid
by 2020; and
Increasing the funding for the CSIRO by $25 million
for research and development of clean-coal technologies."
"Labor is committed to a bold clean energy reform
Australia s carbon emissions by 60% by 2050;
Boosting the mandatory renewable energy targets to
encourage greater use of solar and wind;
Setting up the $500 million clean coal fund;
Setting up a national emissions trading scheme; and
ratifying the Kyoto Protocol.
will be making further announcements on renewable
energy and other energy sources in the coming
Aussies queue to attend PM summit - 9th Feb 2008
The Sydney Morning Herald)
smartest and biggest achievers in their fields
will attend Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's summit
to generate innovative ideas for the country.
Blanchett, Collette Dinnigan and the Sass and
Bide duo could sit alongside national figures
such as Tim Costello and Tim Flannery as part
of the 2020 summit.
cross-section of the community, including indigenous
leader Mick Dodson, atmospheric scientist Graeme
Pearman and Babcock and Brown chief executive
Phil Green are among the 1,000 best and brightest
selected to generate innovative ideas.
Home Loans' John Symond, Dick Smith, burns expert
Fiona Wood and NRMA president Alan Evans have
also expressed interest in the summit, News Limited
federal government is hoping for a gathering of
the country's greatest minds to attend the summit
on April 19 and 20.
Rudd has locked in diary dates with several high
profile participants and the 10 co-chairs and
panel members have been finalised and will be
announced early this week.
than 400 Australians who consider to be the brightest
in the country sent application forms to the prime
minister's office this week.
Labor Party insider working on the conference
said the fight to secure an invite that already
a flood of people trying to get an invite, ringing
up nonstop," he told News Limited.
takes the reins - 12th Feb 2008
Minister Kevin Rudd has been sworn in by Chief
Justice Murray Gleeson at the official opening
of the 42nd Australian Parliament in Canberra.
Rudd, along with Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard,
Treasurer Wayne Swan and ministers Martin Ferguson,
Nicola Roxon, Anthony Albanese, Peter Garrett,
Tony Burke, Jenny Macklin, Simon Crean and Lindsay
Tanner were the first MPs to be sworn in by Justice
Leader Brendan Nelson was sworn in with deputy
Julie Bishop, Nationals leader Warren Truss and
other members of the shadow cabinet including
Malcolm Turnbull and Tony Abbott.
Jenkins, the Labor MP for Scullin, was elected
Speaker of the House of Representatives.
father, Dr Harry Jenkins, was speaker between
1983 and 1986.
Jenkins was previously a deputy speaker of the
House of Representatives and an assistant deputy
first day of the Federal Parliament since last
year's change of government kicked off at 9am
with the inaugural Welcome to Country ceremony,
in which MPs took part in a historic ceremony
involving the indigenous owners of the land on
which Parliament stands.
and Torres Strait Islander dancers and musicians
performed during the ceremony, which opened with
a speech by Ngambri elder Matilda House-Williams.
House-Williams described the Government's decision
to invite the traditional owners of the land to
open a parliamentary session as "a human
act" to reach out to all Australians.
added a note of humour to the formal occasion
by describing the setting, Parliament House, as
being like any other house. "It leaks,"
by a didgeridoo player and her two grandchildren,
Ms House-Williams greeted Prime Minister Kevin
Rudd and presented him a message stick.
said her welcome, on this occasion, was far different
from that accorded Jimmy Clements - an elderly
Aboriginal man - barefoot, dressed in an old suit
and accompanied by his dogs, who attended the
opening of Parliament House in 1927.
seeing Mr Clements, a policeman asked him to leave
because he wasn't dressed appropriately for the
occasion,'' she said.
House-Williams said the ceremony allowed a safe
passage to all visitors.
thousands of years our people have observed this
protocol, it is a good and honest and a decent
and human act to reach out and make sure everyone
has a place and is welcome....(full
article at The Age).
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