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Tony Abbott and Bill Shorten’s message to the Renewable Energy industry: “We want less clean energy jobs and investment”

26 June 2015: Environment Victoria has condemned last night’s slashing of the Federal Renewable Energy Target today from 41,000 GWh to 33,000 GWh. more

New Victorian coal licences a ticking time bomb for the climate and local landholders

17 June 2015: Environment Victoria has today revealed that four new Gippsland coal exploration licences have been issued by the Andrews Government. more

Latest power station closures highlight need for planned phase-out

11 June 2015: The Victorian government urgently needs a plan for the orderly retirement of coal-fired power stations, following the surprise announcement that Alinta will close its Port Augusta generators, Environment Victoria said today. more

Buyback cap threatens rivers - and Howard's legacy

28 May 2015: The Abbott Government’s proposed legislation to cap water buybacks is a major threat to the Murray-Darling Basin Plan and trashes John Howard’s legacy, says Environment Victoria. more

Re-opened Hazelwood inquiry a chance for fresh start for the Latrobe Valley

26 May 2015: Environment Victoria welcomes the Terms of Reference for the re-opened Hazelwood Inquiry, released this morning, which put a major focus on ensuring Victoria’s coal mines are rehabilitated adequately. more

Federal government in the way of state renewable energy targets

14 May 2015: We are extremely encouraged that the state government wants to reintroduce a state renewable energy target in the absence of federal government leadership on the issue. more

Budget 2015: the multinational tax dodge Hockey missed

12 May 2015: Federal Budget 2015: Treasurer Joe Hockey's signature crackdown on multinationals shifting profits overseas fails to acknowledge multinationals avoiding tax in Australia through the diesel rebate. more

Budget briefing: capping the diesel rebate

8 May 2015: With the Federal Budget around the corner, Environment Victoria has released a short briefing paper that outlines the case for putting a cap on the Fuel Tax Credit Scheme, also known as the diesel rebate. more

Direct Action Safeguard Mechanism provides no safeguard at all

5 May 2015: Analysis by Environment Victoria has revealed that Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions could rise by up to 20% without breaching the proposed “Safeguard Mechanism” in the Abbott Government’s Emissions Reduction Fund. more

State Budget: modest progress, but more investment needed

4 May 2015: The Budget largely delivered on Labor’s pre-election environment promises which were useful but lacked detail and are inadequate for the environmental challenges the state faces. more
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