Tomic falls to Berdych at Wimbledon

As the sun set on the Globe theatre-like court one, so it did on Bernard Tomic’s Wimbledon, but in a way to affirm in his mind that there will be plenty more tomorrows here for the Australian tyro.
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Sixth-ranked Czech Tomas Berdych beat him 7-6 6-7 6-4 6-4, but afterwards was as relieved as he was exultant. “Bernard is a great player,” said Berdych. “He is using all the skills that you can possibly use on grass.

That makes it so tough to play him, and makes me feel even better as a winner.”

For Tomic, it was so near, and yet so far. He had a point to win the first set, won the second and had another point to go ahead in the third. In the beginning, there was barely the width of a racquet string. In the end, there was Berdych’s experience; he has played five times as many matches on the pro circuit as Tomic. In the last hour of the match, he was able to assert himself as Tomic could not.

“I had chances in the third set, but I started to slip away,” Tomic said. “I was feeling a little bit tired out there. Tomas hitting the ball very big and low, so you have to be on your feet the whole time. I probably wasn’t the right physical shape in the fourth set. I was a little bit tired. That comes from playing three tough matches here at Wimbledon. Tomas played very good. There was nothing I could do in the end.”

Guileless to the end, Tomic said that if he had won the fourth set, he would have sought to slow the match, even asked for an injury time-out, until the light made it unplayable, and he could have resumed it fresh on Tuesday.

But Tomic exits a visibly improved player. His serve proved trustworthy; whenever he was in a corner in the first two sets, he served his way out of it. Twice, he saved from 0/40, almost nonchalantly. But Berdych’s delivery was nearly impregnable, and neither broke the other until the third set. Small differences told. If anything, Tomic had more trouble with Berdych’s second serve and the way it leapt off the court than he did with his first.

Conversely, Berdych pounced on Tomic’s second serve.

Tomic proved himself sound defensively, until worn down eventually by Berdych’s thumping groundstrokes. After losing his first service game in the fourth set, Tomic was not challenged again. But nor could he make a threatening impression on Berdych’s serve. Berdych was on the alert for Tomic’s patent variations, and forewarned proved forearmed. Some of the shots that Tomic got away with in earlier rounds, he was not given room or time even to play today.

Tomic said he still saw himself as a top-10 player-in-waiting; what he needed now was match miles. “I just need time and experience,” he said. “In every match I play now, you become more experienced. It will come I think as you work hard, as you play more tournaments, and get more experience. It was my first time playing Tomas in actual match, so I’m sure down the years I will play him much more times.”

Berdych proceeds to play world No 1 Novak Djokovic on Wednesday, the second time this year their paths have crossed in a major quarter-final. For some, the draw this year opened as wide as main street in a country town, but not for him. He did not protest.

Tomic goes either home or to the US, fortified. “I’m very happy with the way I played this tournament,” he said. “It’s given me my confidence back, and I’m going to use this into the hard-court season now. At his best now, he has the look of a player who has been around, and seen it all, and might some days be outclassed, but will not be taken by surprise. He is young still, although youth will not last as alibi.

Immediately, he has to work out a way to negotiate the rest of the year with his father and coach, John, in his match-day corner. Tomic said that was manageable. To the idea that his father was at his matches here anyway, he smiled and replied: “It’s a bit like ‘where’s Wally?’, isn’t it?”

In the other men’s quarter-finals, British cynosure Andy Murray will play Fernando Verdasco, Juan Martin Del Potro will meet David Ferrrer and in something of an exotica for Wimbledon and for tennis, two Poles will face off in the other. Lukasz Kubot and Jerzy Janowicz both won five-setters to get to their appointment, and the lanky Janowicz took up the theme of the day and tournament after outlasting Jurgen Melzer, burying his face in the court not once but twice.

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Kelly keeps Defence Materiel portfolio

DESPITE rumours of an elevation to a prominent ministry in Kevin Rudd’s new-look cabinet, Member for Eden-Monaro Mike Kelly has kept his existing portfolio at his own insistence.
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Currently Minister for Defence Materiel, it was rumoured Dr Kelly would be given either the portfolio of Agriculture or Defence.

However, it was announced yesterday that Joel Fitzgibbon would take over Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry from Joe Ludwig and Stephen Smith would stay on as Minister for Defence until his retirement from politics at the federal election.

Dr Kelly claims he remained in his current portfolio at his insistence.

“Yes, there was talk of promotions to other ministries, but I believe it’s vital I stay with the Defence Materiel portfolio,” he said.

“I’m about to deliver an important defence industry policy statement which will revitalise the sector and I want to see that through.”

Dr Kelly declined to name which ministries he had been offered.

A cabinet reshuffle was brought about after several prominent front benchers quit when Mr Rudd defeated Julia Gillard in a leadership spill last Wednesday.

Dr Kelly said he was “delighted” at the new look ministry, which features Anthony Albanese as Deputy Prime Minister and Chris Bowen as Treasurer, as well as the promotion into cabinet of several women.

“It’s a fantastic injection of new blood and talent, and this will invigorate the cabinet as we head towards the election,” he said.

“The Labor government has faced enormous challenges over the past six years, including the global financial crisis, reforms to health, education and superannuation, carbon policy, NBN and NDIS to name a few.

“It’s exhausting work and it’s great that others can now offer their talents.

“I’m also delighted that so many strong, capable and intelligent women have been elevated to portfolios.

“It’s a strong team that is ready to tackle the challenges ahead and I think Mr Rudd has struck the right balance.”

Dr Kelly said the new cabinet was ready to take on the Liberal Party in the upcoming election.

“Who are these shadow ministers?

“Most people couldn’t name the Opposition’s shadow ministers because they have no policies beyond negative politics.

“The same can be said for [Eden-Monaro candidate] Peter Hendy, he’s a no policy zone.

“I challenge him to start naming policies and telling the people of Eden-Monaro how he intends to bring growth to the region,” Dr Kelly said.

Member for Eden-Monaro Mike Kelly says he is happy to continue in his role as Minister for Defence Materiel. Photo: Melissa Adams.

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Round 11: Mundulla vs Padthaway, June 29

DESPITE Mundulla’s inaccuracy in front of goal and a strong fightback by Padthaway in the second half the Moots were too strong for the Lions and recorded a good win to go three games clear in fifth place on the ladder.
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Jon Mock marked and goaled for the Moots but accuracy in front of goal continued to be a problem for Mundulla with another goal to Mock the only other major of the term.

At the first break the Tigers had kicked 2.8 to Padthaway’s solitary point to lead by 19 points.

The Moots started the second term as they finished the first with two more minor scores before Jason Milligan worked the ball to McGrice who made no mistake.

Mundulla followed up quickly with Thorpe, Grady Obst and Luckett forcing the ball into the forward 50 where Perry goaled.

A prolonged tussle followed, with the ball rebounding from end to end with Duell working well for Mundulla and Roscow and tireless ruckman Hoffmann featuring strongly for the Lions; Gunning won a free kick and kicked truly 10 minutes in for a Lions goal.

Having finally found the big sticks the Lions wasted no time in scoring their second goal with Longbottom driving the ball forward where Verco launched a long bomb to make it two majors for Padthaway within a minute.

Another long struggle punctuated by minor scores followed, with Duell effective for the Moots and Treloar working strongly for the Lions, before Mundulla’s J. and L. Wiese again combined to work the ball to G. Obst who passed to J. Wiese who goaled on the run. In darkening conditions a neat tap by Mock to the running Boyd Packer resulted in a major.

Roscow and Treloar continued to rack up possessions for Padthaway, but L. Wiese in his 150th game glided in and slotted a goal for the Moots followed by G. Obst.

At the long break the home side had stretched their lead to 47 points.

The Lions lifted in the third quarter with McLennan crumbing a goal from just outside the goalsquare three minutes in. Padthaway kept attacking with Hoffmann and Treloar prominent but the Moots turned defence into attack and Ballinger, B. Packer and G. Obst drove the ball forward where McGrice kicked truly out of the pack eight minutes in.

In a heavy shower of rain, Mock dribbled through his third goal for the match.

At three-quarter time the Moots led by 50 points.

Wade Packer goaled on the run, then Williams worked the ball to Lehmann who passed to L. Wiese who marked and kicked truly. Wiese brought up his hatrick early in the last.

Hoffmann in ruck and the deft Roscow and Treloar had worked hard for Padthaway all match and Boyanton worked the ball to Cody Marshall who passed to McLennan who marked and made no mistake for the Lions.

Edwards marked and kicked the last major of the match but when the final siren sounded Mundulla ran out winners by 56 points.

Mundulla vs Padthaway.

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Letters to the editor

Palliative needs
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According to the media release of June 18, Health Minister Jillian Skinner announced an $884million boost to NSW Health.

Of this, $3million will be allocated to employ 30 palliative care nurses and a further $5million to commence implementation of the government’s plan to increase access to palliative care.

$100million is also allocated for Local Health Districts to review and access models of care for those patient services funded under the National Partnership Agreement, which include special projects such as palliative care.

Although you may have got lost or bored with all of these financial matters it is extremely important that these funds find their way to the right places.

That is, of course, to the Bega Valley.

With only one half time specialist palliative care nurse in the whole of the Bega Valley and no visiting palliative care physician, this area remains in the 1970s as far as palliative care services go.

Although I wish to acknowledge all the caring and dedicated nurses who do serve our community so well, I believe the Valley has not yet experienced the difference that a well-funded palliative care service could contribute to patients with life-threatening illnesses and their families during this most difficult time in their lives.

My question to you is how do we make sure this funding makes its way to the Bega Valley?

Sue Middlewood

Wallagoot

Nothing’s changed

I thought the letters to the editor was turning a new leaf in 2013 only to find more long-winded diatribes by Ethel Pepper and Neville Hughes.

These people are relentless in forcing their opinions on others under the guise of some altruistic good.

Religion and politics – nothing’s changed.

John Cafe

Bega

Planning in place

Peter Rogers is wrong to assume our financial planning regarding the Bega Civic Centre will cost the ratepayer dearly.

The truth is we have $3.56million in hand from the sale of Zingel Place and supper rooms land to be spent only on the Bega Civic Centre redevelopment.

We scheduled a sum of $2million to be borrowed in order to complete the redevelopment.

This expenditure, including interest, has been incorporated into the council’s financial planning for many years.

Mr Rogers’ assumption that ratepayers will foot a $500,000 GST bill is ludicrous because GST paid is claimable from the Federal Government.

Mr Rogers claims that through Civic Centre loan interest payments we will waste $290,000 of funds that could be spent elsewhere.

This is wrong.

All costs have been planned for, there will be no loan to pay for GST, and there is no other purpose for the funds other than to build a valuable community asset wanted by the vast majority of local residents.

Cr Bill Taylor

Mayor

Financial drain

In his letter defending the decision by Bega Valley Shire Council to spend $1.2million of ratepayers funds on the purchase of the defunct Tura Beach Tavern, Cr Bill Taylor rejects suggestions the expenditure represents an additional impost on residents and ratepayers, because the council had “previously included a greater sum for the acquisition and development of a local community building in its 2013/14 financial plan” (BDN, 25/6).

It is simply misleading to claim that there is no additional impost on residents/ratepayers, because they were previously set aside in the 2013/14 financial plan.

A cursory reading of the business papers posted on the council’s website for the meeting scheduled for July 3 confirms that the proposed purchase of the “local community building” was always intended to be funded by borrowings.

Moreover, those papers also make it clear the funds for the Tura Beach purchase will also be borrowed.

In the circumstances, the Bega Valley Shire Ratepayers Association believes that Cr Taylor’s claims in relation to the Tura Beach Tavern transaction are simply not credible.

Moreover, the Association believes that, accepting the purchase will be funded by borrowings, the facility will inevitably wind up being a further significant and entirely unnecessary drain on the shire’s finances, regardless of whether the council succeeds in finding a useful “community purpose” for it or not.

John Richardson

Secretary, Bega Valley Shire Ratepayers Association

Support poor

One solution to slow down the refugee crisis – support the poorer nations.

During his 2006 Nobel Prize lecture, Dr Yunus said ending poverty has implications far beyond the individual lives of poor people:

“The new millennium began with a great global dream. World leaders gathered at the United Nations in 2000 and adopted, among others, a historic goal to reduce poverty by half by 2015.

“Never in human history had such a bold goal been adopted by the entire world in one voice, one that specified time and size.

“But then came September 11 and the Iraq war, and suddenly the world became derailed from the pursuit of this dream, with the attention of world leaders shifting from the war on poverty to the war on terrorism…We must address the root causes of terrorism to end it for all time to come.

“I believe that putting resources into improving the lives of the poor people is a better strategy than spending it on guns.”

While ending poverty has widespread global implications, solutions still need to start with individual people and communities.

Dr Yunus pioneered the ability to transform poverty at this micro level with the use of microcredit — and he did so by starting with what he, as just one person, could do 30 years ago.

Dorte Planert

Tathra

Who needs UN?

The United Nations, who needs them as they are?

What is different about the civil war in Syria?

The United Nations, once again, do we need this useless incompetent organisation as it is at the moment?

We can recall it was founded to mediate in conflicts, stop leaders from abusing their power by killing their citizens and opposition with the weapons they bought from taxes paid by their own citizens.

Those weapons should only be used to protect the citizens from the enemy, not against them to keep the leader in power.

Nobody should expect that a handful of countries are supposed to do the job of solving conflicts.

The Security Council has to abolish the veto right if it will ever be functional and accept a majority rule in the name of all the world’s citizens involved in that organisation.

The Syrian leader was given his job as a birthright not because he was elected, which may not matter in those countries that have a feudal system.

But it should never give him the right to turn against its citizens.

Karin Krueger

Central Tilba

Concerns

I’m an aged pensioner. I moved from Melbourne to Merimbula nine months ago.

I like the place, but everything is so different – medical, transport, etc.

My concern at the moment is transport.

The people are nice and all tell me about community transport.

I tried, but was told they don’t cover Bimbimbie unless I’m respite.

I am riddled with pain, my legs and ankles make it almost impossible to walk and there are so many hills.

I’ve had both knees replaced, plus shoulders, back surgery and I have septic arthritis.

We have two lovely goats here that I really love and feed them apples and carrots.

They need a new shelter, nothing special, but out of the rain and wind.

I wrote to ask if any animal lover would contribute to this.

I do have grandsons – painters who would help with paint work.

It would certainly make me happy and I’m sure the goats too.

I cry when I see them standing in the rough weather.

Hoping you can help in either case.

Janet Moffat

Merimbula

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Crows manage to turn game around

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THE Leeton-Whitton Crows have continued their push towards playing finals footy after a 50-point victory over Griffith Swans at Leeton Showground on Saturday.

A goal behind at half-time, the Crows came out firing from the main break with a six-goal term breaking the hearts of the Swans for a 15.12 (102) to 7.10 (52) win.

Assistant coach Bryce O’Garey was impressed by how the side was able to put the Swans away in the second half especially after fading out in a few tight games this season.

“In the first half we were a bit patchy, with the second quarter probably worse than the first, but we discussed that at half-time and stuck to our game plan, went back to the basics and we played a lot better footy in the second half,” O’Garey said.

“We got off to a good start in the third quarter, got some momentum and kept going from there.

“In the previous few weeks we’ve been thinking we have done enough, stopped and let sides back in but we didn’t this week, we really kicked on.”

“In the first half of the season, we weren’t playing bad footy, just taking the foot off when we were in a position to win and it has cost us a few close victories, but it was good to see that didn’t happen on Saturday.”

Another pleasing aspect for O’Garey was how responded with key forwards Matt Smith and Brad Carver unavailable.

O’Garey named Will Overs among the Crows’ best, providing a target after moving into the forward line in the second half and kicking three goals.

“We were lacking a bit in the forward line, and when he went up there, kicked a few goals and put a bit of a buzz through the team,” O’Garey said.

Kodie O’Malley was yellow carded in the second half after a melee, but the Crows’ weren’t numerically disadvantaged, with Swans coach Guy Orton also sent from the field after the incident.

The Crows have the bye this weekend after two confidence-building wins and O’Garey is looking forward to the clash with Mangoplah-Cookardinia-United Eastlakes next weekend, who are currently one spot ahead on the ladder in the crucial fifth position, but face the unbeaten Coolamon team this weekend.

BEN Curley looks to evade the Griffith defence during the Crows’ victory on Saturday.

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Skinner turns the tables on Mitchell in ladies golf

STAWELL – KayeSkinner went one better last week to finish on top of the Stawell Golf Clubladies competition.
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After finishingbehind Marianne Mitchell the previous week, Skinner turned the results aroundwith her score of 36 points enough to win the division (1) stableford event.

Mitchell had tosettle for division (1) runner up honours on 33 points.

Skinner’s win saw hertake home the Wimmera District Ladies Golf Association (WDLGA) brooch.

Eunice Balle claimedthe division (2) spoils on a countback from Marg Hall after both playersreturned a score of 30 points.

Kaye Skinner’s dayout continued with a nearest pin win on the Albright Metal Recyclers sixthhole, while Judy Clayton returned a winner on the Harry’s Brake and Clutchninth and Laura Martin took out the HiWay 8 Motel 13th.

Tomorrow is MemorialDay, with a fourball best ball competition to be held.

There will be a drawfor partners.

Kaye Skinner is onboard duty.

Laura Martin, DotRussell, Johanna Kuypers and Linda Maher are on kitchen duty.

Kaye Skinner was the winner of last week’s Stawell Golf Club ladies division (1) stableford competition.

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Round 11: Border Districts vs Lucindale, June 29

BORDER Districts travelled to Lucindale Saturday expecting to have an easy win over the cellar dwellers but without key playmakers Vallance and Robinson they found the task harder than expected.
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Conditions were greasy early on due to a heavy shower prior to the game which Lucindale found to their liking, handling the ball cleaner than their Borders opponents.

For the majority of the first quarter Lucindale’s midfield brigade took advantage of Snowball’s rucking, winning the centreline battle and driving the ball forward time and time again.

Shawn Menz was on fire early, slotting three of Lucindale’s six in the first quarter and had Borders players wondering if he had maybe been working closely with Essendon’s doctors.

Although Lucindale seemed to be clearly on top late in the quarter Borders slotted three late goals through good rebound footy to keep them well and truly in the contest. Lucindale were up by 14 at the early break.

In the second quarter Borders seemed to respond to a rev up at quarter time.

They won a lot more ball out of the centre and somewhat restricted Lucindale’s entry into the forward 50. Tarca and Ferenci were working their way into the game and when they got the ball into the hands of Crick and Barras the pair didn’t seem to know how to miss, kicking four each up till half time.

Baker for the Roos worked hard all quarter and Smart not only had it on a string in the middle but settled a bay 13 argument about his kicking, slotting two for the quarter as well.

Lucindale going into the long break five points up at eight goals apiece.

The third quarter was a good display of football with both Lucindale and Borders trading blow for blow in a very even quarter.

McWaters was starting to challenge Snowball and found a lot of the ball around the ground for Borders while Pitt and Hirst were providing plenty of drive through the back flanks.

For Lucindale Smart and Snowball continued to cause headaches, dominating any ball in their vicinity, while the Menz boys found plenty of the ball up forward.

At three quarter time Lucindale was seven points up. The last quarter started scrappy with both sides trying to get the upper hand.

It was Lucindale who landed the blows first, with Snowball and Handbury kicking successive goals to put Lucindale three goals up with 15 minutes left. Lucindale was fast tiring from a hard fought match though and Borders final quarter thrust saw Crick (two goals) and Barras (one goal) get them over the line by two points.

The match was a beautiful open game and great to watch considering the greasy conditions, much more worthy than the ladder positions suggest.

Lucindale would be disappointed at the loss considering they were probably on top for a longer period of the game than Borders.

For them Snowball in his 100th game as usual was a tower of strength, in the middle and around the ground, while Smart was instrumental in Lucindale’s clearances in and around the packs.

For Borders their goalkicking efficiency was the highlight, with Barras (five) and in particular Crick (eight) proving to be the difference in the end.

Once the ball was in their hands neither could miss a shot, as the score line suggests.

West Coast might be offering them a job as goal kicking coaches if they keep that up!

Borders vs Lucindale.

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Target recalls children’s walker toy

RETAILER Target has recalled a wooden children’s toy amid fears it could be a choking hazard.
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Target and Target Country announced a recall of the Young Ones Pull Along Wooden Activity Walker, saying it did not meet the company’s safety standards.

The company says the toy contains small plastic plugs that, if removed, could become a choking hazard for young children.

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Bega Hospital Auxiliary’s life-saving donation

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THE ladies from the Bega Hospital Auxiliary have been busy saving lives, one raffle ticket at a time.

Through their raffles and catering activities, the group has raised an incredible $46,000 to buy a diagnostic ultrasound for the emergency department (ED) at Bega District Hospital.

“It’s incredible to have this machine in ED, it will help save people’s lives and it’s an amazing effort by these women to raise money for it,” Bega Hospital physician Dr Sam Tormey said.

President Anne Sheedy, deputy president Dorothy Mullaney, Valerie Rose, Joan West and Shirley Cameron from the auxiliary were given a special demonstration of the ultrasound by Dr Tormey last week.

Ms Cameron was volunteered by her colleagues to be the sick patient in need of an ultrasound scan.

“I think that’s called peer pressure Shirley,” Dr Tormey laughed.

Dr Tormey detailed how the ultrasound can show emergency room medical staff in 30 seconds if a patient has internal bleeding, a diagnosis that previously would have required surgery.

“This is life-saving technology and to some extent it’s the new stethoscope,” he said.

Up until two years ago patients needing an ultrasound would have been taken to the X-ray clinic on Canning St in Bega during business hours or transferred to Canberra.

Although the hospital acquired a CAT scan machine two years ago, unlike an ultrasound it isn’t portable and requires a patient to be moved.

The new ED ultrasound has a multitude of diagnostic uses from internal examination to emergency X-rays, but many ladies from the auxiliary were pleased to hear it’s also being used to locate hard to find veins.

The ultrasound also has multiple uses for diagnosing heart problems that require further training for doctors at the hospital, but will end the need for many patients to see specialists in Canberra.

“This machine saves so much time with a diagnosis and that’s fantastic for patients,” acting nurse manager Louise Armstrong said.

Ms Sheedy said it was the biggest fundraising project the group had ever undertaken but they “didn’t begrudge a cent”.

While working towards purchasing the machine, the group has also given smaller items to the hospital that have proven just as invaluable, including 21 bariatric chairs that cost over $15,000.

Ms Sheedy thanked the community for helping the auxiliary achieve these financial goals and the ones they are working towards in the future.

Auxiliary members, who have recently outfitted themselves in distinctive purple polo shirts with their logo in yellow, have a busy six months ahead.

They are hosting a fundraising fashion show in September and a garden day in October, all while gearing up for their Christmas raffle for which Dr Tormey promised the group he would buy plenty of tickets.

Then finally, after 20 minutes of being Dr Tormey’s ultrasound test subject, Ms Cameron was given a clean bill of health.

“She’ll outlive us all,” Ms Sheedy said.

Dr Sam Tormey gives Shirley Cameron from the Bega Hospital Auxiliary a demonstration of how the new ultrasound works watched on by (from left) acting nurse manager Louise Armstrong, Anne Sheedy, director of nursing and midwifery Nicole Tate, Dorothy Mullaney, Valerie Rose and Joan West.

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Greens aim for a 90 per cent renewable energy target

The Greens have launched a pitch to increase Australia’s renewable energy target to 90 per cent by 2030 and tip an extra $20 billion into Australia’s Clean Energy Finance Corporation, but have rejected an earlier move to an emissions trading scheme being considered by cabinet.
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Greens leader Christine Milne said on Monday the party wanted to see all of Australia’s electricity come from renewable energy sources as soon as possible. She said the first step should be to increase Australia’s renewable energy target to 90 per cent by the end of the next decade. The target is currently set to ensure 20 per cent of Australia’s electricity comes from renewables by 2020.

A study by the Australian Energy Market Operator, released in April, found moving to 100 per cent renewable energy was technically feasible but would come with significant costs and challenges. It found moving to 100 per cent would cost up to $338 billion and require wholesale electricity prices to double from current rates. The operator did not compare these costs with other scenarios, including business as usual.

Asked whether a move to 90 per cent renewables in effectively 15 years was realistic, Senator Milne said: ”When the 20 per cent renewable energy target was set for 2020, people said it was way ambitious, it wouldn’t be able to be achieved.

”But once you put in place a road map, then the technology development and business got behind it and you have seen the rollout very fast.”

The Greens also want the Clean Energy Finance Corporation – which was set up as part of a deal between Labor and the Greens on carbon pricing – to receive an extra $20 billion over 10 years. That would lift its overall funding to $30 billion.

Senator Milne said the Greens proposed the extra money would come from borrowings.

The finance corporation on Monday announced its second deal – investing $50 million to help New Zealand government-owned Meridian Energy to refinance its debt in the Macarthur wind farm in south-west Victoria. The debt refinancing came ahead of Meridian selling its share in Macarthur to Malaysian energy company Malakoff Corporation.

The Coalition has vowed to scrap the finance corporation alongside the carbon price, and says it will not honour any contracts the corporation signs between now and the election.

Senator Milne also criticised considerations by Labor on ending the carbon price’s three-year fixed tax period early and moving quicker to an emissions trading scheme with a floating price and international linkages.

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