Q: What are the health and air quality impacts of Victoria's coal industry?

22/11/2011

Mr BARBER (Northern Metropolitan) -- My question is for the Minister for Health, and it is in relation to his department's recent submission to the Australian air quality national environment protection measure review, which is under way. The submission notes:
     There is enough new health evidence to warrant review of all pollutants especially since many of the pollutants do not have a clear threshold for adverse health effects.

The submission also notes that our standards for sulfur dioxide are lower than the World Health Organisation's standards and that we have no enforceable standard for fine particulates. Given that the major point sources of these two pollutants are coal-fired power stations, what health impacts does the minister believe are occurring to populations in Victoria as a result of Victoria's and Australia's current pollution standards?

Solar Feed In Tariff stripped down without scrutiny

10/11/2011

Electricity Industry Amendement (Transitional Feed In Tariff) Bill 2011
Mr BARBER (Northern Metropolitan) -- This bill is the next in a series reflecting the Baillieu government rolling out its anti-environment policies. We have its war on wind farms.

We have had the removal of the endangered species law where it applies to loggers -- or, as former logger Mr Blackwood, the member for Narracan in the other place, said, it removes the threat of a threatened species on a logging operation. Acting President, if you are in town this Sunday, you could join me and many other members of the environment community as we walk backwards to Parliament House to signify how quickly and dramatically the Baillieu government has taken us backward on the environment.

Wind farm planning scheme inconsistent, irrational and unfair

12/10/2011

Mr BARBER (Northern Metropolitan) -- I will go line by line through the government's amendment VC82 to the Victoria planning provisions which Mr Tee is seeking to disallow and I will talk about what the policy actually does and whether I think it achieves its stated aims. Along the way I will make some asides as to my view on the reasoning behind this policy. In terms of demonstrating why it is that the coalition parties have got themselves into this mess, Mr Ramsay has given me a rich vein of material, material I would have had to introduce myself from various sources if he had not simply put on display the utter irrationality behind the design of this policy. Let us go through the policy line by line and put it to the test as we go.

Production of Documents: Impact of carbon price on Victoria

14/09/2011

Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- I would like to move an amendment to Mr Barber's motion seeking the tabling of carbon pricing documents prepared by Deloitte for the Department of Premier and Cabinet and released to the Herald Sun in August. My amendment is to admit the inadvertent mistake whereby the motion that has been on the notice paper for a while has not been updated.

$150 million in taxpayers funds for the HRL gassification plant - but what do we get?

17/08/2011

Mr BARBER (Northern Metropolitan) -- I move:
That there be laid before this house an edited copy of an agreement of the Victorian government funding for the large-scale integrated drying gasification and combined cycle demonstration project.

I have brought this motion so I can table before the house a document that the government completely failed to deliver. Back in February I sought, through a parliamentary motion, a copy of the agreement between the state of Victoria and HRL for its purported clean coal plant. The government used its numbers to shut down and to prevent that document from being tabled in this place.

Since that time I have obtained a partial copy of the document that the government threw a blanket of secrecy over, and I am delivering it here today for the interest of members. I obtained it under freedom of information from the Department of Primary Industries.

Triple the target - Beat the Bills

The Greens are committed to helping householders through the impacts of carbon pricing. Energy efficiency programs help individuals, councils, community groups and businesses save more money and cut pollution at the same time.

"The Energy Saver Incentive is a crucial policy lever that can help Victorians keep a lid on energy bills," said Victorian Greens Leader Greg Barber MLC.

"Energy efficiency is the unsung hero in confronting climate change. It is something that individuals can do to reduce emissions and at the same time, save money on our energy bills."

Beat the Bills and Cut your Carbon

“Energy efficiency improvements in buildings, appliances, transport, industry and power generation represent the largest and least costly savings [for emissions reductions]” – International Energy Agency

Energy efficiency is the unsung hero in confronting climate change. It is something that individuals can do to reduce emissions and at the same time, save money on our energy bills.

It is the most cost effective form of carbon abatement and according to recent studies could potentially reduce global energy use by 73%.

Beat the Bills and Cut your Carbon

“Energy efficiency improvements in buildings, appliances, transport, industry and power generation represent the largest and least costly savings [for emissions reductions]” – International Energy Agency

Energy efficiency is the unsung hero in confronting climate change. It is something that individuals can do to reduce emissions and at the same time, save money on our energy bills.

It is the most cost effective form of carbon abatement and according to recent studies could potentially reduce global energy use by 73%.

Climate Change Bill

03/09/2010

Mr BARBER (Northern Metropolitan) -- 'A bolt from the blue' is the way the last speaker described this bill and the measures contained in it. If there is a bolt from the blue, it is that finally after 11 years this government has decided to empower itself with a couple of tools to make real reductions in CO2 in some of the bigger sections of emissions, including stationary energy and industrial emissions. When this process started some time ago, the government described as the centrepiece of its white paper the CPRS (carbon pollution reduction scheme). We did not hear an ongoing view from Mr Davis on the CPRS, but I am sure we are going to hear a bit more about it from some of the other speakers, so I may just anticipate that in my own contribution to the debate.

Question - assistance for home energy use reduction

06/05/2010

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MS PENNICUIK — To ask the Minister for Environment and Climate Change:

(1) What is the Minister doing to assist or encourage the owners of poorly insulated apartments to reduce their energy demand and bring their apartments up to a 5 Star energy rating.