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Senate inquiry to investigate mining giants who don’t clean up their own mess

The Senate yesterday supported a Greens motion to establish an inquiry into mining and resources rehabilitation to crack down on multinational mining companies dodging their obligations to rehabilitate mines and create jobs as the mining boom ends.

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert and spokesperson on mining said:

“Australians are at risk of being ripped off by multinational mining companies taking their astronomical profits and refusing to clean up their own mess when mines close.

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Turnbull government is putting the lives of women and children fleeing domestic violence at risk

Larissa Waters 1 Feb 2017

As parliament prepares to resume next week the Australian Greens are calling on the Turnbull government to commit to life-saving domestic violence services.

“Community Legal Centres assisting survivors of domestic violence face a 30 per cent funding cut come July, meaning less staff helping fewer women and children,” said Deputy Leader of the Australian Greens and spokesperson for women Larissa Waters.

“The Turnbull Government can overturn this Abbott-era cut with the stroke of a pen, and should do so before more women and children lose their lives.

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Greens stand with Central Queensland farmers struggling to stay on their land

Larissa Waters 1 Feb 2017

The Australian Greens do not support the resumption of quality farmland whether for mining, coal seam gas or expanded military facilities, including the proposed expansion at the Shoalwater Bay

“The expansion of Shoalwater Bay Training Area into grazing land is short-sighted and heavy-handed”, said Australian Greens Deputy Leader and Senator for Queensland Larissa Waters.

“In Central Queensland, some of these families have worked their land for generations, have seen off droughts and floods and hard times.

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Greens applaud win against fracking giant Santos and warn against fracking spree

Greens applaud win against fracking giant Santos and warn against fracking spree

The Australian Greens applaud the work of community group Western Downs Alliance in stopping Santos dumping coal seam gas wastewater in Surat Basin rivers and streams and have warned against the federal and state government’s plan to expand fracking.

“Western Downs Alliance took on the Goliath of Santos and the Australian Government, and won,” said Australian Greens Deputy Leader and spokesperson for mining and resources Larissa Waters.

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One Nation are conspiracy-peddling knuckle-draggers

Larissa Waters 12 Jan 2017

The revelations about the outrageous conspiracy theories held by the One Nation candidate for the Queensland state seat of Mulgrave are shocking but not surprising say the Australian Greens.

“One Nation have nothing to say about fixing the desperately high youth unemployment rate in the Far North, nor the need for protecting the Reef for the sake of the local economy,” said Senator for Queensland and Deputy Leader of the Australian Greens Larissa Waters.

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Adani pay just 0.008 percent in tax on multimillion dollar earnings

Larissa Waters 9 Dec 2016

It beggars belief that the Queensland and federal governments want to give Adani, a company that paid just 0.008 percent in tax on their total income in 2014-2015, one billion dollars of taxpayer’s money, say the Australian Greens.

“Under new tax transparency laws spearheaded by the Greens, the ATO today released figures showing multinational mining company Adani earned $487 million from its Australian enterprises but paid a measly $39,000 in taxes in the 2014-2015 financial year, said Australian Greens Deputy Leader and Senator for Queensland, Larissa Waters.

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More than words needed to end domestic violence

Larissa Waters 8 Dec 2016

Going into COAG, if the federal government is actually committed to the safety of women and children experiencing domestic violence, they must commit to long-term funding for specialist homelessness services, say the Australian Greens.

"We know that domestic violence is one of the key causes of homelessness, and that many women and children are forced to choose between violence and homelessness because emergency shelters are full and long-term affordable accommodation is extremely limited,” said Australian Greens Deputy Leader and spokesperson for women, Larissa Waters.

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Turnbull govt will condemn the Reef with billion dollar loan to Adani

The Turnbull government has reportedly given "conditional approval" for a $1 billion loan of public money to build the railway for the Reef-destroying Adani Carmichael mega coal mine, say the Australian Greens.

“This is in the same year that coal-driven global warming caused the worst ever mass coral bleaching, killing 22% of the Great Barrier Reef, said Australian Greens Deputy Leader and Senator for Queensland, Larissa Waters.

“With this decision the government is condemning the Reef to worse bleaching and jeopardising the 70,000 jobs it provides.

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Governments risking In Danger listing of Reef with shoddy UNESCO Reef homework

The Australian Greens say the Australian and Queensland government’s inaction and capitulation to big coal will tempt UNESCO to put the Great Barrier Reef  on the World Heritage In Danger list.

“The Government is risking a fail on their Reef homework to UNESCO by underfunding their ReefPlan, delaying water quality targets, spruiking new coal and ignoring global warming after the worst coral bleaching the Reef has ever seen,” said Australian Greens Deputy Leader and Senator for Queensland, Larissa Waters.

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