Rudd taps software vendor profits to extract carbon scheme savings

By Julian Bajkowski Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has thrown down the gauntlet to Commonwealth Public Service executives to start extracting much greater efficiency and productivity gains from technology and software or face the prospect of hundreds of upper-level forced redundancies. Mr Rudd and Treasurer Chris Bowen on Tuesday revealed well-anticipated expenditure reduction measures aimed at […]

$40m clean energy investment ‘no game changer’

By Rob O'Brien More investment is needed if Australian innovators are to become world beaters in clean energy technologies. The recent Federal Government announcement of a $40 million investment in emerging clean energy technologies was good news, but more needed to be done, according to the clean energy industry. “It is a good start but we […]

ETS voted down in the Senate

By Angela Dorizas The Rudd Government’s emissions trading scheme has been voted down in the Senate. The Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme (CPRS) bill was defeated by 41 to 33 votes. Liberal Senators Sue Boyce and Judith Troeth crossed the floor to vote with the Government. Independent Senators Nick Xenophon, and Family First’s Steve Fielding joined […]

Tony Abbott elected Opposition Leader

By Angela Dorizas Tony Abbott has been elected Opposition Leader after winning the Liberal leadership spill by one vote. Mr Abbott defeated Malcolm Turnbull in a final ballot by 42 to 41. Joe Hockey was eliminated in the first ballot, with Mr Abbott polling 35 votes, Mr Turnbull 26 votes and Mr Hockey 23 votes. Victorian MP Fran […]

Brumby offers grants to combat emissions

By Rob O’Brien The Victorian State Government is moving ahead with plans to help communities reduce carbon emissions through a scheme that includes grants for councils, businesses and schools.   Unveiling the new $23 million Climate Communities program, the Premier, John Brumby, said the government would work in partnership with Victorians to help drive down […]


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