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Greens lies make them unworthy of voters trust



Australian Democrats Senate candidate

Media Release: 16th August, 2010

Greens lies make them unworthy of voters trust

The Australian Democrats have refuted the lies being spread by the ACT Greens about preferences and the willingness to be negotiators, accusing the Greens of being unworthy of voters’ trust.

Interjecting at a GetUp! Senate forum yesterday, at which he was deliberately excluded by the organisers, Australian Democrats Senate candidate for the ACT, Darren Churchill waved a list of environmental outcomes in the air, calling out to the Greens candidate: “Here’s a list of the things for the environment we negotiated with the previous government – all of which you opposed!”

And when the Greens accused Mr Churchill of reneging on a preference deal his response was “That’s a lie!”

Explaining his version of events, Mr Churchill said: “One thing we learned from Chipp was the importance of not allowing anything untrue or inaccurate said or published about oneself, on the public record, to go un-refuted.”

“There was no deal on preferences with the Greens. The Australian Democrats decide where our preferences go, not the Greens. And voters always have the option of voting below the line.”

“But it’s all about who is prepared to act in the interest of the ACT. Being prepared to cross the floor against your party line in the interest of your constituents is what ‘keeping the bastards honest’ is all about. Kate Lundy is bound by her party rules and would be expelled for crossing the floor. The Greens can’t be trusted. Over two decades we have found that the Greens have misrepresented the Democrats again and again.

“That leaves small ‘l’ Liberal Gary Humphries, who has crossed the floor for the ACT in the past. If I am unsuccessful in being elected, then Gary Humphries is the least worst alternative for Canberra.” continued Mr Churchill

“As for the claim that the Greens want immediate action on the environment there must have been some latter day conversion. But I doubt it – although the Rudd Government’s ETS was flawed, it would have been a start, it would have been better than nothing, but the Greens voted it down.

“By contrast a list provided to me by our former parliamentary leader shows where the Australian Democrats achieved environmental outcomes in negotiations with the previous government,” said Mr Churchill.

“It reads: ‘We also negotiated hundreds of amendments to the new (in 1999) Federal environment laws, strengthening them very substantially. Before that the Commonwealth had very few powers over development impacting on the environment. (We started this reform by initiating and chairing an inquiry reporting in 1997 on the need for Commonwealth environment law.)

Thanks to our negotiation, Australia had for the first time, standards governing fuel emissions and eventually matched Europe’s standards

We negotiated renewable energy for thousands of off-grid, remote communities that previously relied on diesel for power generation.

And two extensions of the rooftop PV grants.

We negotiated $400 million to leverage large scale energy efficiency in big industry.

The Greens opposed all the above.’

“This clearly shows where the Australian Democrats have negotiated good things for the environment, while the Greens have just huffed and puffed and talked and told lies.”

“If I am elected, I will continue the good work of the Australian Democrats. We need action, not just talk on the environment. I will deliver, because you deserve better!” Mr Churchill concluded.


Darren Churchill

Australian Democrats Senate candidate for the ACT

Tel: 0412 196 473

Climate change – Nuclear power still not a solution


MEDIA RELEASE: Election 2010: Saturday, 14th August 2010

Climate change – Nuclear power still not a solution

Nuclear power still costs the earth and is not a solution for reducing greenhouse gas emissions say the Australian Democrats.

The Australian Democrats’ lead candidate in the ACT, Darren Churchill, who will be attending the Walk for Warming rally at Parliament House tomorrow, says that only genuine ecologically sustainable energy sources can make the difference.

“Those advocating nuclear power do not take all stages of the nuclear fuel cycle into account, such as the damage caused by uranium mining. The expansion of the Roxby Downs mine in South Australia on its own will account for a one percent increase in Australia’s total greenhouse gas emissions.

“With less than a week to go before the Federal election, today will be an opportunity for candidates to pin their colours to the mast, and in my team there is 100% agreement that climate changes is human induced and that we need urgent action.

“Voters need assurance that they are electing candidates who base their views on science and not economic greed or religious faith.

“Tony Abbott’s latter day conversion to belief in climate change is electoral pragmatism, and comments last week by the Liberal member for Bradfield in NSW that potential for low-carbon technologies was rhetoric should give voters pause for thought.

“The Labor Party pandered too much to business in their ETS, and The Greens were useless by voting it down completely. Had the Democrats been in the parliament we would have negotiated with the Government to improve the package and get something through.

“With the Liberal Party wanting to slowly greenhouse gas us to death, the Labor Party wanting another talkfest and the Greens just blocking, Australians certainly deserve better than what they have offered. With the Democrats back in the parliament Australians can be sure that actions to deal with climate change will supported and always improved,” said Mr Churchill.

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Darren Churchill

Australian Democrats Senate candidate for the ACT

Tel: 0412 196 473

Climate Action Day Rally – Tuesday, February 3, 2009



On February 3, a group of ACT Democrats joined the Climate Action Day Rally outside Parliament House.

Protest participants included climate action groups, peak groups and political parties.  A good, mixed (and from what we could see) well-behaved crowd, All of us dressed in red, as the official colour of the protest.

Protestors joined hands and  encircled Parliament House in a human chain, sending a message to the Members and Senators inside.  There was a bit of media coverage for the event (which was good) which hopefully will draw attention to this important issue.

It was good to be part of such an important event.  (See photos below):


Democrats will join Australia’s Climate Action Day



Australia’s Climate Action Summit Rally

Date: Tuesday 3 February 2009
Time: 08:00am – 12:00noon
Location: Lawn in front of Parliament House, Canberra
The ACT Democrats are going as a group (join us!)
Meet behind Old Parliament House at 7.30am – We won’t be there till noon – most of us have work to go to.
Contact – Darren Churchill 0412 196 473

From Climate Action:

On Tuesday 3 Feb, the first sitting day of Federal Parliament, there will be a gathering outside Parliament House and a circle of people holding hands, to take our message directly to Kevin Rudd.
We will be wearing RED for climate emergency and will carry long red banners to snake. Help form a red circle around Parliament. Speakers will include Senator Bob Brown and Prof Clive Hamilton.
The Community Day of Action is shaping up to be a big event, but we still need your help!

Please spread the word about the Day of Action and the Summit. Please bring a group of family and friends.
We are asking groups and individuals to wear red t-shirts and bring red fabric on the day to help and create the visual symbol of an emergency.
We need ten metre long (one metre wide) strips of red fabric for people to hold as they circle parliament.

The are two confirmed bands for the day; Lolo Lovina and the Bakery and potentially a third to be announced soon!!!
Can’t come along on the day…wear red to your place of work, around the house and on the streets to show you are part of the countless Australians prepared to act on climate change.

Media Release: 28 September 2008: ACT Democrats Release “Animal Welfare” and “Environment, Climate Change & Energy” Policies: Churchill encourages Canberrans “Try Vegetarian for a Day”


ACT Democrats President

Candidate for Ginninderra

ACT Democrats Release “Animal Welfare” and “Environment, Climate Change & Energy” Policies

Churchill encourages Canberrans “Try Vegetarian for a Day”

“The start of National Vegetarian Week is a great time for Canberrans to think about how they can help the environment and animal welfare.” urged ACT Democrats President and candidate for Ginninderra, Darren Churchill. “Try going vegetarian for a day or two and consider the benefits to animals and the environment.”

National Vegetarian Week runs from 29 September to 5 October. Mr Churchill, a vegetarian and animal welfare campaigner, has launched the Democrats “Animal Welfare” and “Environment, Climate Change & Energy” policies to coincide with the start of National Vegetarian Week.

“This is a great opportunity for people to think about how vegetarianism can reduce the carbon footprint by lowering the methane emissions from livestock production.” said Mr Churchill. “Even just one or two vegetarian meals a week can make a difference.”

The Democrats “Animal Welfare” policy includes: Support for the RSPCA and wildlife carers; support for responsible pet owners to be allowed pets in rental accommodation; fireworks education; and opposition to cruel farming practices, such as battery cages.
The Democrats “Environment, Climate Change & Energy” policy includes: implementation of energy alternatives, with the government leading by example (such as photovoltaic cells on all government buildings); energy and water efficiency ratings for properties: maintenance of Canberra’s green corridors and playing fields; requirement for government and developers to replant new areas to replace bush cleared for roads or housing.
The Democrats also advocate better water management, including: supporting the Cotter Dam enlargement; supporting the proposed Angle Crossing to Googong Dam pipeline; Providing an adequate water allocation for Canberra’s urban residents; developing measures to minimise ACT water wastage; Support research into the use of grey water reticulation for sports ground irrigation; Providing storage tanks to collect stormwater runoff for parkland irrigation; Introducing a rain water storage system for toilet flushing in new housing; encouraging the use of rainwater tanks and an in-line water filtration system for households.
“It’s time the ACT Government took it’s obligations on Climate Change seriously. We have to care for our environment if we expect it to nurture and sustain us.” said Mr Churchill. “That includes an awareness of how we treat animals.”
“I realise that not everyone is (or wants to be) vegetarian. But this week is a good opportunity to think about the effects of our lifestyles. And if it helps to draw attention to the issues of climate change and animal welfare then all the better.” Mr Churchill concluded.

Darren Churchill
ACT Democrats President
Candidate for Ginninderra
Tel: 0412 196 473