Combet to head South Australia’s automotive recovery

By Paul Hemsley After retiring from politics at the September 2013 federal election, former Minister for Industry and Innovation Greg Combet has found a new role right up his alley mitigating the predicted fallout from the planned closure of General Motors Holden’s factory doors in South Australia by 2017. As the South Australian government continues […]

Holden’s subsidy demand spells more doubt for fleet buyers

By Julian Bajkowski and Paul Hemsley Australian public sector fleet buyers are facing fresh uncertainty over the future of General Motors Holden’s domestic manufacturing operations Australia after the carmaker reportedly demanded another $265 million from the federal government in addition to the $275 million that Canberra has already committed to keep the Aussie icon’s factories […]

Prime Minister’s protectors reverse over Ford

By Julian Bajkowski Former Prime Minister Julia Gillard and her erstwhile Industry Minister Greg Combet might want local governments to buy Australian-made vehicles to support the domestic manufacturing, but it's a very different story for the cars that closely tail the PM's official marque plated C*1. Less than a fortnight after top level pressure was […]

PM burns rubber on campaign for councils to buy Australian cars

By Paul Hemsley and Julian Bajkowski Local governments have come under direct pressure from Prime Minister Julia Gillard to use ratepayer’s money to buy Australian vehicles for their fleets to help keep the domestic car manufacturing alive – despite billions of dollars in government subsidies failing to keep factories at Ford and Mitsubishi operating. Ms […]

Combet blasts councils for buying too many foreign cars

By Paul Hemsley Federal Minister for Industry and Innovation Greg Combet has attacked state and local governments for not buying enough Australian-made cars for their vehicle fleets, suggesting that 70 per cent of local government purchases come from foreign manufacturers. Mr Combet’s sharp criticism over the low purchasing rate of locally-made cars comes as Ford […]

Boeing Australia expands local R&D effort

By Paul Hemsley Federal Minister for Climate Change, Industry and Innovation Greg Combet has officially opened a research and development centre in Port Melbourne, Victoria for aerospace company Boeing – the largest facility of its kind for the company outside the United States. The Australian subsidiary of the company which was once headed by former […]

Combet moves to measure fugitive CSG

By Julian Bajkowski The Federal Government has moved to start overhauling the way greenhouse gasses released into the atmosphere from highly controversial coal seam gas (CSG) sites are measured and reported, a move that could reshape the economics of the financially cheap fuel. Minister for Climate Change, Industry and Innovation, Greg Combet has released a […]

Businesses funded to reduce emissions

Australian businesses will receive federal government grants to find ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The government will use the $200 million Clean Technology Innovation Program to distribute grants on a matching basis, providing 50 per cent of the project cost. Supported projects may include generating energy from wind, solar, wave, tidal, hydro and geothermal […]

Coastal communities land $3.2m adaptation

By Paul Hemsley   “Long-lived assets” and infrastructure will be the focus to plan investment in sewerage and stormwater systems, roads and residential housing.   Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, Greg Combet said sea level rises increase the need for communities to build resilience to the impacts.   “Climate change will lead to […]

Coasts Council extended

By Angela Dorizas Local government will continue to have its say on coastal adaptation with the reappointment of the Coasts and Climate Change Council. Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, Greg Combet, said the principal focus of the council would be on advising government on progressing coastal adaptation. Mr Combet said the Council would […]

Flannery to head Climate Commission

By Angela Dorizas The Federal Government has established an independent Climate Commission, chaired by leading environmentalist and author, Professor Tim Flannery. Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, Greg Combet, today announced the creation of the new Commission and the appointment of former Australian of the Year, Professor Flannery as Chief Commissioner. Mr Combet said […]

New tools to map sea-level rise

Coastal municipalities will be able to identify future impacts of climate change and sea level rise using new maps launched today by the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency (DCCEE). Developed in partnership with the Co-operative Research Centre for Spatial Information, the maps use the highest resolution elevation data currently available. The new tool […]

First wave of energy efficiency financing

Melbourne City Council is one of the six recipients of energy efficiency financing from the Australian Carbon Trust. Federal Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, Greg Combet, announced on Friday the signing of multi-million dollar financial agreements between the Trust and six major organisations. The Australia Carbon Trust was established to encourage and promote energy efficiency technology and practices. […]

Garnaut to update climate change review

The Australian Government has released the terms of reference commissioning Professor Ross Garnaut to update his 2008 Garnaut Climate Change Review. Minister for Climate Change and Energy, Greg Combet, said the review update delivers on the commitment made to the Member for New England, Tony Windsor, following the Federal election. “The updated Garnaut review will […]

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