Current Affairs Workers
With Squirrel and Regan
7:00am Front Page
7:15am Replace Hazelwood & Just Transitions panel featuring Greens Member for Melbourne Ellen Sandell, author of Climate Code Red David Spratt, National Convenor of the Australian Student Environment Network Nick Carson, and president of Voices of the Valley Wendy Farmer. Greens MP Ellen Sandell will be making a statement before Parliament tomorrow at 12.30pm calling for Labor to uphold its 2010 promise to close the Hazelwood coal-fired power station in the La Trobe Valley. The Greens are calling on supporters to rally at the steps of Parliament House to show support for climate action.
Meanwhile, Voices of the Valley have released an open letter condemning 'close Hazelwood' focused campaigning and are calling on green groups to listen to community concerns. Wendy Farmer, President of the Voices of the Valley, spoke to the panel about the need for a community-led transition now for the futures of workers and families in the Valley.
David Spratt spoke to the panel about policy options at State and Federal levels including boosting the renewables industry through state funding as well as improved regulatory frameworks such as the Government's renewable energy target, feed-in tariffs and building codes. He also discussed Federal funding being wasted on 'clean coal' and fossil free subsidies. For more information, visit Climate Coded.
Nick Carson, National Convenor of the Australian Student Environment Network (ASEN), spoke about the student movement moving away from campaigning to 'shut down' and 'switch off' fossil fuel industries toward working with communities for just transitions. Workers co-operatives and community-owned renewable energy such as Earthworker Co-operative and Hepburn Wind were presented as alternatives. Listen NOW (18.83 MB - 41:08min)
8:00am Front Page
8:15am Squirrel spoke to Scott Jordan,Campaign Coordinator for Save the Tarkine.
Alternative news, current affairs and media analysis 7:00 - 8:30 am
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