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Greens find clean energy sticking point


Source: The Australian, 4 September 2013

A FEDERAL coalition government won't be able to immediately stop clean energy grants being paid out without amending legislation, the Australian Greens say.

Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has said if the coalition wins the election on Saturday it will order the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) to stop paying out grants and then abolish the $10 billion fund.

But Greens Leader Christine Milne has received advice from the Clerk of the Senate showing Mr Abbott and finance spokesman Andrew Rodd can't stop the corporation carrying out its work without the parliament amending legislation.

"Mr Abbott and Mr Robb are arrogantly assuming they can usurp the role of the parliament to direct the CEFC to halt its legislative function. They can't," Senator Milne told the National Press Club.

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