Adjournment – Anglesea Power Station

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.

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Speech to the Legislative Assembly – Regional Development Victoria Amendment (Jobs and Infrastructure) Bill 2015

Ms SANDELL — The Greens support this bill to establish a new fund for regional Victoria. Rural and regional Victoria is in my blood. As many people would know, I grew up in Mildura, and my family still lives there. My mother’s family is from a dairy farming community in South Gippsland. There were significant advantages to growing up in the country, but I have also experienced firsthand a lot of the challenges faced by rural and regional communities. I remember how former Premier Jeff Kennett left regional Victoria behind and paid dearly for it. I have seen towns die due to lack of investment, and I do not want to see that continue. To encourage development in rural and regional Victoria there is much we need to do, and it needs to go beyond a marginal seat approach. Of course we need to improve access to services and transport, create jobs and protect livability and livelihoods, but we also need to deal with some of the really big issues that are coming down the line. 

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2015 STATE BUDGET: A TEST OF THE GOVERNMENT’S AMBITION FOR VICTORIA

The first budget of a new government should be a roadmap - a plan that lays out the major ideas and goals of the Government for the next four years, and plots a course to achieving them.

I want to see a Budget that outlines an ambitious plan for Victoria. The 2015 Budget should target the areas most in need of government support - especially after the destruction wreaked by the previous government, who decimated crucial public and social services, and trashed our state’s environmental protections.

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Replace Hazelwood - Speech to Parliament

Member Statement 

I raise the matter of Australia’s dirtiest power stations at Hazelwood and Anglesea. Hazelwood is Australia’s dirtiest power station and the third most polluting power station in the world. There is now surplus energy in the grid, equivalent to five Hazelwoods, so why is it still operating?

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Alpine Grazing - Speech to Parliament

Speech by Ellen Sandell on the National Parks Amendment (Prohibiting Cattle Grazing Bill) 2015

I am delighted to rise to support the National Parks Amendment (Prohibiting Cattle Grazing) Bill 2015. I am very pleased that this bill creates such strong protection against any future reintroduction of cattle to the high country. I commend the government for bringing the bill before the Parliament rather than leaving it in the hands of the responsible minister, because it brings an end to the practice of taking our precious alpine environment hostage for political purposes.

 

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