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Reef progress still Miles away: water quality Report Card

The Great Barrier Reef report card released today shows virtually no improvement on water quality over the past year, as water quality initiatives continue to be drastically under-funded, say the Australian Greens.

“Today’s report card is a fail on Reef water quality, after this year’s earlier fail on climate with 22% of corals dead from the Reef’s worst ever coral bleaching,” said Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and environment spokesperson.

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CSIRO to face questions in Estimates on new report about potentially corrupting fracking industry influence

The Australian Greens will question the CSIRO in Senate Estimates today over revelations in the report released today revealing potential conflicts of interest relating to crucial climate, environmental and social research within the CSIRO’s industry-funded Gas Industry Social and Environmental Research Alliance (GISERA). 

Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and resources spokesperson said:

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PM’s office did not take advice on Macfarlane appointment - Ministerial Standards trashed

The Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet has confirmed in Senate estimates today that the Prime Minister’s office did not ask for advice on former minister Ian Macfarlane’s appointment as CEO of the Queensland Resources Council.

Senator Lee Rhiannon, Greens democracy spokesperson, has called on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to disclose the involvement of his office in the Macfarlane appointment.

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Greens motion to condemn Trump

The Australian Greens have introduced a motion that will allow the Senate to condemn the racist and sexist comments made by Presidential Candidate, Donald Trump.

Greens Leader Senator Richard Di Natale said, "Donald trump has once again shown himself to be a sexist and racist pig who is completely unfit for office.

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Adani mine belongs in the bin, not the fast track

The Australian Greens say the Queensland Government’s decision to designate the Adani coal mine, railway and water infrastructure as ‘critical infrastructure’ is reckless and shows just how short sighted the Palaszczuk government is.

“Adani’s mega-mine and the dredging at Abbot Point coal port will be a climate disaster and Reef destroyer if they go ahead.” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and environment spokesperson, said.

“Queenslanders will be outraged that a Labor government elected to ‘save the Reef’ is signing its death warrant. 

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Bank decision shows coal seam gas destroys property values

Commenting on reports that CommBank has refused to accept a property with CSG wells on as security for a bridging loan, Acting Greens Leader and Mining & Resources spokesperson Senator Larissa Waters said:

“We’ve known all along that fracking and CSG risks our land, water and the climate – now a major bank is admitting it also risks property values.

“This is the smoking gun the industry has been trying to deny for years – that CSG destroys property values.

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Coalition and Labor’s Reef report card FAIL

The Australian and Queensland government’s Reef 2050 plan annual report is a total fail because it ignores the dangerous threat posed by global warming driven by mining and burning of coal and gas. 

Australian Greens Deputy Leader and environment spokesperson Senator Larissa Waters said:

“The Reef Plan report card deserves a total fail for ignoring the impacts of global warming, under-funding water quality measures, and trying to gloss over the failure to reinstate strong land clearing laws.

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Greens support Kingaroy community in their fight against invasive coal mining

The Australian Greens support the Kingaroy Concerned Citizens Group which has called on the Queensland Government to buy back a mining exploration permit that could see an open cut coal mine built just 4km from the town of Kingaroy.

Greens Deputy Leader and Senator for Queensland Larissa Waters said, “The Greens congratulate the Kingaroy Concerned Citizens Group for the action they have taken to protect their community from a coal mine on their doorstep.

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Macfarlane’s new job at Queensland Resources Council is revolving door in action

Lee Rhiannon 26 Sep 2016

Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon and Greens mining and resources spokesperson Senator Larissa Waters have commented on Ian Macfarlane’s appointment to the Queensland Resources Council. 

Senator Lee Rhiannon said, “The revolving door between the political class and the mining and resources sector causes deep cynicism about MPs and democratic institutions.

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