Bill Shorten reconfirms Labor's commitment to 50% renewable energy

On Thursday February 23 2017, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten gave a keynote speech at Bloomberg in Sydney on Labor's commitment to delivery of 50% renewable energy by 2030. After sustained attacks on climate action and Labor's climate commitments in Parliament over previous weeks, Bill Shorten's speech outlined how Labor would approach shifting Australia's energy to a clean footing. Here is the full transcript. Read more

LEAN's campaign to save the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA)

In early September 2016 the Turnbull Government tried to destroy the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and with it a key engine in Australia's path to a low carbon future. LEAN swung into action and working with the Federal Labor Parliamentary Party ensured that $800 million of funding was protected from Turnbull's razor gang.  ARENA is a fabulous institution established by the Gillard Government to drive innovation in the renewable energy sector and help drive down costs. It has been wonderfully successful. Read more

Victory at National Conference

We did it! In July 2015, the Federal Labor Party leadership listened to the concerns of Labor members across the country and endorsed LEAN's call to adopt a 50% renewable energy goal by 2030 and credible pollution reduction targets. Read more

Join LEAN at the National Conference Fringe

The Labor Party National Conference Fringe Program has four environment focused events - all of which will be corkers! Come and hear Tony Sheldon from the TWU discuss environment and labour relations with Tim Flannery of the Climate Council. Or hear energy ministers from around the Labor states discuss renewables with the Solar Council. Hear Pacific leaders talk about the impacts of climate change and discuss how our environmental laws need to be updated to adequately protect Australia through this century... Read more

National Platform - strong on climate change and environment protection

The draft ALP National Platform, released ahead of the ALP National Conference on July 24-26, 2015 is strong on climate action and the environment. Both are addressed throughout the platform and across portfolios. LEAN however will still be agitating from the Conference floor for the inclusion of strong, credible targets for renewable energy and carbon pollution reduction.  Read more

Meet the LEANers (and lifters) - Louise Crawford

Louise Crawford is a LEAN volunteer in Victoria. She is part of the core organising group of LEAN in Melbourne and coordinates many of the branch visits that occur across the state to talk about the politics, economics and ecology of climate change. Louise brings a passion for the environment to her Labor party activism.... Read more

ALP Presidential Candidate's views on LEAN's concerns

LEAN asked the five candidates standing for ALP President two simple questions on their attitudes to member activism and the environment. We were happy to report that all candidates are committed to environment as a key plank of Labor's future policy offering and that all believe groups like LEAN are essential to the ongoing life of the party. Read more

LEAN response to CFMEU on renewable energy targets

The CFMEU has expressed its opposition to LEAN's call for 50% of our electricity to be sourced from renewable energy by 2030. Following is LEAN's response. Read more

Bob Debus on the lost environmental consensus

LEAN member and all round Labor hero, Bob Debus has written a fascinating account of the long standing bi-partisan consensus on nature conservation that lasted from the Government of Gough Whitlam through the Fraser, Hawke, Howard and Rudd/Gillard years. It is only now under Tony Abbott that the "architecture" of environmental protections is under assault as funding and commitment to key programs is stripped away.  Read more

LEAN on Cost of Living

LEAN was pleased to put a submission to the Federal Labor caucus inquiry into the Cost Of Living. Electricity costs have increased 61% per household in real terms over the last five years. Labor must carefully navigate climate action through the challenges of daily costs and pressures on Australians. Read more

LEAN honours Gough Whitlam: Environmental Pioneer

Overnight on October 20 2014 Australia farewelled a pioneer of environmental protection, as well as social justice and progressive reform.The Whitlam Government was the first to make protection of our natural world a key part of Labor’s values and mission. Read more

Tim Flannery joins LEAN and Open Labor this Thursday

Join Tim Flannery, LEAN and Open Labor this Thursday night in Melbourne to talk the future of the climate change campaign.  Thursday September 4, 7.30-9pm. City of Melbourne Bowls Club, Flagstaff Gardens, Dudley St. Read more

National Labor Women's Conference endorses climate action and LEAN

On the weekend of August 2 & 3 2014 over 150 Labor women met in Canberra for the National Labor Women's Conference. It was a stimulating and feisty weekend. LEAN National Co-convenor Felicity Wade presented on Women, Labor and the climate crisis. The Conference unanimously endorsed a series of resolutions relating to climate change, women's role in responding to the crisis and the role of LEAN within the party.  Read more

NSW and Tasmanian Conference endorse higher emission reduction target

Both the NSW and Tasmanian Labor state Conferences were held on July 26 and 27 2014. Both passed strong resolutions calling on the party not only to stand by effective climate action but also to raise Labor emission reduction target to 19%. Furthermore Bill Shorten made further strong statements about Labor's commitment to deliver climate action. Read more

Bill Shorten makes Labor proud

LEAN congratulates Federal Labor Leader, Bill Shorten for making us proud at a time when the hope of climate action took such a grim turn in Federal Parliament. Bill's speech was strong and his commitment to reintroducing an emissions trading scheme an important marker in Labor leading the country on a just and fair transition to a safe future.  His speech is well worth the read.  Read more

LEAN does Canberra

With 46 meetings over three days, LEAN has had an excellent week advocating our cause in early July 2014 with the Federal Labor Caucus. The parliamentary party welcomed us and we look forward to a strong relationship toward winning both the politics and the policy underpinning strong climate action. Drinks, hosted by Shadow Environment Minister Mark Butler was a treat.

Campaign against CSG in northern NSW

LEAN North Coast NSW is campaigning with local MPs to defend the region from CSG development. LEAN stands with communities who are concerned that the risks associated with Coal Seam Gas extraction are too high and too little understood.  Read more

Interview with Mick Power, former LEAN Vic convenor

Mick Power was LEAN's convenor in Victoria. He is currently studying climate change and social change at Harvard. Read his reflections on being involved with LEAN and his thoughts on the battle for climate action, from across the sea. Read more

Q and A with Dick Copeman, LEAN Qld

Dick Copeman is LEAN's longest standing state convenor. He heads up the Queensland chapter of the organisation and tirelessly campaigns for a low carbon future. Read more

Labor Leadership Vote: Where do Albo and Bill stand on the environment?

The Labor Environmental Action Network (LEAN) took the opportunity to put a series of questions to the two Federal Labor leadership candidates, Anthony Albanese and Bill Shorten. As Labor people who have a passion for seeing the environment at the forefront of policymaking, we were very keen to hear the views of both contenders on the key environmental issues in Australia and we were delighted that both Anthony and Bill replied very promptly with considered and thoughtful responses. Read more

Federal Labor adopts LEAN's call for National Park protection

LEAN was thrilled that in the last week of the Federal election campaign Environment Minister, Mark Butler announced that Labor would investigate ways to ensure the national environment laws gave proper protection to our National Parks. These are the best of our natural places and deserve protection. Read more

LEAN Campaigns for Federal Election 2013

LEAN across Australia worked hard on the Federal campaign effort in the lead up to September 7. The stakes couldn't have been higher. We were trying hard to defend Labor's environmental legacy. Labor made significant moves to protect our environment by implementing a carbon price, investing over $10 billion in renewable energy and creating the world's largest marine park. We've got a lot to be proud of. Read more

Why Howes is not the man for Labor

LEAN National Co-convenor, Felicity Wade writes in the Sydney Morning Herald why Labor does not need anti-environment crusaders in the Parliamentary Party.  Read more

LEAN celebrates 30 years since Franklin River was saved

Labor activists joined together on July 26 to celebrate one of the most important environmental decisions in Australia's history, the protection of the Franklin River in Tasmania's south-west. The High Court upheld the newly elected Hawke Government's right to halt construction of a dam on the beautiful and World Heritage listed river on July 1 1983. Read more

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