Two weeks ago, Alcoa announced that its coal mine and power plant at Anglesea will close its doors. The community is now wondering how the mine will be rehabilitated, to ensure it’s safe and the environment is protected. Unfortunately, Alcoa is still exempt from Freedom of Information laws, which means the community has no right to ask questions and receive answers about Alcoa’s rehabilitation plans. That’s why this week the Greens have reintroduced a bill to end Alcoa’s exemption from FOI laws.Read more
"Gary Gray's remarks show the federal ALP are clearly pro-Coal Seam Gas. Does Victorian Labor and Daniel Andrews feel the same?" said Ellen Sandell, Greens spokesperson for Energy.Read more
Today Alcoa announced it will close the infamous Anglesea Power Station.
This is a big win for the community who have been breathing in the toxic fumes from the plant for 46 years. The plant is less than 1km from the local primary school and has posed unacceptable health risks for children and families for decades. It is also a big win for the climate. Coal power is on the way out. Every step towards eliminating brown coal, which pose a massive threat to our climate, is a win to celebrate.Read more
Ms SANDELL (Melbourne) — I thank the people of Melbourne and Victoria because, by electing Greens to this house, for the very first time they have given us not only an opportunity to respond to Labor’s first budget but also an opportunity to outline an alternative vision for this state. When Labor took office last November I welcomed the change of government. For too long we had seen a wholesale attack on our climate, our environment, our public services and our health and education services by the Liberal and The Nationals coalition government. That absolutely needed to stop. But a change of government is only good if it also signals a change of course.
This government has the opportunity to rewrite the future of this state to make Victoria a better and fairer place for everyone. Labor has taken the reins from a government that set the bar very low on the environment, on public services and on caring for the community, but it is not good enough just to get the bar back to the previous level by undoing some of the damage that has been done. The Andrews Labor government must meet a higher standard. It must show real ambition and vision for our state, and it must make the bold decisions that we need to create the sustainable future we all need and want. The people of Victoria demand this of the government.Read more
Anglesea power station Ms SANDELL (Melbourne) — I raise the matter of the Anglesea power station. The action I seek is that the Minister for Energy and Resources write to Surf Coast Air Action Inc. explaining what conditions she intends to impose on any future owners of the Anglesea power station site, should it be sold. In particular I would like her to specify whether she will require the rehabilitation of the site by the current and future owners, whether she will mandate the installation of sulphur dioxide scrubbers and whether the owners of the plant will have to contribute the estimated $170 million in health costs that Harvard University researchers have calculated the Anglesea coal plant causes each year.Read more