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By Cameron Jewell 22 July 2014 — New South Wales Environment Minister Rob Stokes has said the state could be Australia’s answer to California as he launched a new resource efficiency policy that will see government agencies pursuing solar leasing, energy efficiency projects including lighting upgrades, minimum 4.5 star NABERS ratings and environmental upgrade agreements. Read More  
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By Leon Gettler 21 July 2014 – Australia is a case book study of the politics of climate change, and it will reverberate around the world.  The carbon tax has been scrapped but this is just a blip – carbon produced in Australia will eventually have a price, whether people like it or not. Read More  
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By Alex Kazaglis, Imperial College London 21 July 2014 — From The Conversation: Australia’s carbon price has gone – but a UK review released this week shows that to lay the foundations for a low-carbon economy, pricing carbon is far from the whole story. Read More  
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9 July 2014 — The Queensland government’s Procurement Transformation Program is failing to deliver its intended goal of innovative, cost effective and efficient procurement, according to built and natural consultancy industry body Consult Australia. The Queensland government has committed to working with business to deliver better value for money on a range of spending, including on major infrastructure projects, totalling more than $16 billion a year. However, according to Consult Australia... 
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By Cameron Jewell 3 July 2014 — Seniors wanting to downsize their homes are being stopped by financial disincentives and a lack of age-appropriate housing, research from the National Seniors Productive Ageing Centre has found. Read More  
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By Tina Perinotto 24 June 2014 — The City of Perth is pushing ahead with work to encourage Environmental Upgrade Agreement programs for retrofit work to commercial buildings, as the program continues its slow and steady roll out around the country. A recent roundtable in Perth hosted by Norman Disney & Young, and facilitated by global sustainability leader for NDY Tony Arnel, Read More  
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By Willow Aliento 24 June 2014 — South Australia’s budget this week took a welcome stand on sustainability, countering negative sentiment coming from the federal government and Victoria. Among the good news was funding to roll out environmental upgrade finance – the SA equivalent of environmental upgrade agreements Read More  
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By Willow Aliento 19 June 2014 — Large swathes of prime residential areas in Melbourne’s wealthiest areas such as Kew, Camberwell, Brighton and Toorak, have been given a reprieve on planning height and density, despite their premium access to public transport. Not a good example for the rest of the city, Willow Aliento finds. Read More  
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By Willow Aliento 19 June 2014 — While the Hazelwood coal fire still smoulders over Morwell and the incidence of serious pollution-related health issues rise the Victorian and Federal governments have handed out $75 million to coal companies to develop new brown coal projects in the Latrobe Valley, infuriating residents. Read More  
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By Tina Perinotto 17 June 2014 – UPDATED: What a contrast to the federal budget. Tuesday’s NSW Budget was brought down amidst a flurry of sentiment that smacked of some “kindness” and actually used phrases such as “help for those in need”. Read More  
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By Willow Aliento 12 June 2014 — Childhood blood lead levels have fallen sharply in developed countries in recent decades but not in Australia, and according to a report from Macquarie University, the National Health and Medical Research Council has for two years stalled on making a decision to reverse Australia’s woeful legacy. Read More  
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By Cameron Jewell 3 June 2014 — President Obama has announced rules to reduce carbon emissions in the power sector by 30 per cent of 2005 levels by 2030, in the first ever limits to be placed on emissions in US history. Read More  
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By Cameron Jewell 2 June 2014 — Households and businesses will have greater access to energy efficiency savings following changes to the NSW Government’s Energy Savings Scheme announced on Friday. As part of the changes, large electrical goods retailers will now be able to provide discounts on energy efficient products, such as TVs and whitegoods, and receive credits through the ESS. Read More  
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  28 May 2014 — Reports have surfaced that $115 million of federal budget cuts to the CSIRO will lead to 500 additional job losses on top of 300 slated to go and 400 lost since last July, as well as the channelling of funds from energy efficiency and geothermal research into unconventional gas and mining. The CSIRO annual direction statement, written by chief executive Dr Megan Clark and obtained by Fairfax, reveals that as well as a number of branch closures, geothermal research will be... 
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By Cameron Jewell 27 May 2014 — The Western Australian government has abolished the body responsible for a variety of energy efficiency initiatives, including the provision of policy and advice on the six star Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme rollout for new homes in WA, as well as advice on NABERS and Commercial Building Disclosure. Read More  
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By Cameron Jewell 21 May 2014 — The Victorian government has canned the Victorian Energy Efficiency Target, in a move it says will cut energy bills for households. However critics say the scheme was saving households money and has been axed because it was cutting into generators and retailers’ profits. Read More  
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By Cameron Jewell 20 May 2014 — The Australian Industry Group has come out in support of the Renewable Energy Target, saying that it acts to suppress wholesale energy prices, and cutting the target as it stands would “not advance energy users’ interests”. Innes Willox, chief executive of the conservative industry lobby group, said that the RET review was an opportunity to make “sensible, bipartisan improvements” to the RET but that deep cuts or abolishing the target would not benefit... 
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  By Dr Liz Hanna, Australian National University 16 May 2014 — The first federal budget from the Abbott government very clearly demonstrated its ideology to the Australian public, which it kept carefully under wraps prior to the election, along with repeated promises of “no surprises” and “no cuts”, while they lauded the merits of “trust”. So Australia now has a government under false pretenses. Read More  
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By Cameron Jewell 14 May 2014 — In amidst a budget of shocks and shockers, the government has slipped through a decision to axe the successful Energy Efficiency Opportunities Program, which acts to raise industry’s awareness of energy efficiency savings Read More  
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By Cameron Jewell 15 May 2014 — The renewables sector employed 6.5 million people globally last year, according to a new International Renewable Energy Agency report, however government policy means Australia is bucking the global growth trend and shedding jobs. Read More  
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By Alan Pears, RMIT University 14 May 2014 — From The Conversation: There are billions of dollars of broken promises in the Abbott government’s first budget for low-emission and renewable energy programs – and wiggle room to break even more in the next few years. Read More  
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The Fifth Estate staff reporters 14 May 2014 – BUDGET 2014: [UPDATED 2:50 PM]The Abbott government has fulfilled its threat to destroy or severely slash every climate, sustainable, clean energy, environmental and social program it can manage. Read More  
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Report by Willow Aliento, with Tina Perinotto 8 May 2014 – Victoria, the richest state government in Australia thanks to massive cuts to environmental and other programs – has delivered a surplus while others gnash their teeth over deficits. Read More  
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By Grant Parker and Marcus Priest, Sparke Helmore 7 May 2014 — Many unanswered questions remain about the Commonwealth Government’s Direct Action plan to reduce carbon emissions. But three loom large out of the recent release of the Emissions Reduction Fund White Paper. Read More  
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8 May 2014 — A new report from the US government says climate change is impacting every region of the country and key sectors of the US economy and society, including human health, natural ecosystems and the built environment. The Third National Climate Assessment was developed over the past four years as part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, and was contributed to by hundreds of climate scientists and technical experts. The report detailed changes already happening now in the country,... 
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7 May 2014 — The government can use existing legislation to push through the centrepiece of Direct Action – the Emissions Reduction Fund – and bypass a hostile Senate, research from energy and environmental market analysts RepuTex indicates. The analysis, released today [Wednesday], indicates the government may use existing Carbon Farming Initiative legislation to implement its ERF by developing new regulations, with funds allocated in the forthcoming budget. Read More  
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5 May 2014 — Mandatory provisions for the construction of new homes in bushfire-prone areas will be included in Western Australian planning schemes from May 2015, WA Planning Minister John Day has announced. Read More  
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By Tina Perinotto 30 April 2014 — The federal government is moving closer to a destructive attack on the renewable energy sector with its review of the renewable energy target expected to wipe out the RET. Read More  
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By Cameron Jewell 30 April 2014 — The government’s emissions reduction fund white paper has added little clarity to whether or not the scheme will be beneficial to the property industry, with questions around contract length, safeguarding and aggregation still left unanswered. Read More  
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By Cameron Jewell 29 April 2014 — New residential zones being considered by Victoria could act to preclude medium density development in inner and middle Melbourne suburbs, senior planners have warned the Victorian Government. Read More  
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