Lowest emissions in 10 years – achieved without a painful carbon tax

Australia’s emissions have fallen to their lowest level for a single quarter in 10 years, according to the Department of the Environment’s latest quarterly update of the National Greenhouse Gas Inventory. Emissions fell by half a million tonnes between the December Quarter 2014 and March Quarter 2015 – that’s a 0.4 per cent reduction in…

Solar boost for community groups in South Australia

The Australian Government will provide grants of between $2,500 and $20,000 to install solar photovoltaic panels and solar hot water systems on buildings used by community groups in South Australia. The Solar Towns Programme provides $2.1 million to community groups across Australia to buy and install renewable energy systems on buildings that support the local…

Victorian Government abandons Phillip Island residents

Victorian Minister for Energy and Resources Lily D’Ambrosio has turned her back on Phillip Island residents campaigning for reticulated natural gas. In response to a letter I wrote to the Minister in April regarding natural gas supply to the Island, Minister D’Ambrosio said residents should instead purchase energy efficient appliances. This a woeful response from…

Regional engagement on conserving rainforests in the Asia-Pacific

JOINT MEDIA RELEASE WITH HON DOUGLAS TOMURIESA MP, PNG MINISTER FOR FORESTS The Australian-initiated draft Asia-Pacific Rainforest Recovery Plan was central to the discussions held between Australia and Papua New Guinea in Port Moresby this week. The Australian Environment Minister the Hon. Greg Hunt MP and Papua New Guinea’s Minister for Forests the Hon. Douglas…

Abbotsford Convent to be assessed for National Heritage List

The Australian Government is proud to announce that Abbotsford Convent in Melbourne will be assessed for inclusion on the National Heritage List. Abbotsford Convent will be included on the Australian Heritage Council's work plan. This is an important first step towards national heritage recognition of this remarkable site. Abbotsford Convent was established by the Sisters…

Australia’s post-2020 targets

The Chair of the Climate Change Authority Mr Bernie Fraser expressly said in his statement of 2 July 2015: “The Climate Change Authority has confirmed its preliminary recommendations to the Government that, at the forthcoming Paris Conference, Australia should commit to: i. a target to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 30 per cent below…

Defence commits to environmentally sound tyre recycling

JOINT MEDIA RELEASE WITH HON DARREN CHESTER MP, PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY TO THE MINISTER FOR DEFENCE Today the Australian Government announced the Department of Defence’s commitment to ensuring its fleet tyres are managed and recycled in an environmentally-sound way by joining Tyre Stewardship Australia. Minister for the Environment Greg Hunt said he was delighted the Department…