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Labor’s Reef policy fails on coral bleaching, just as the Coalition’s does

Labor's Great Barrier Reef water quality policy announced today fails to deal with the real cause of coral bleaching - the mining and burning of coal - does not provide enough funding, and dodges the tough issues like a cap on water pollution.

Scientists have today reported that coral bleaching has killed more than one third of coral reefs in the central and northern regions of the Great Barrier Reef.  

Qld Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and climate change spokesperson, said:  

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Censorship of UN climate report to edit out Great Barrier Reef leaves questions for Hunt

The Australian Greens condemn the Turnbull Government for overseeing the censorship of a UN climate change report to remove all mention of the Great Barrier Reef and call on Minister Hunt to explain his role.

Qld Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and climate change spokesperson, said:

"The Turnbull Government will stop at nothing to cover up the devastating impact its inaction on global warming is having on our World Heritage Areas like the Great Barrier Reef and our magnificent Tassie Wilderness.

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Greens commit $5 billion in long-term, secure funding for domestic violence services

Larissa Waters 26 May 2016

The Australian Greens have today announced a $5 billion plan over ten years to provide long-term, secure funding for domestic violence services, as part of a comprehensive domestic violence services package.   

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

"Australia is in the middle of a domestic violence crisis, with vulnerable women being turned away from women's shelters to face violence or homelessness, due to a lack of funding.

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Greens announce national plan for legal, accessible and affordable abortion

Larissa Waters 24 May 2016

The Australian Greens today announced a $15 million plan to improve the accessibility and affordability of abortion nationally. 

Queensland Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and spokesperson for women, said 80 per cent of Australians supported a woman’s right to choose.

“Abortion should be legal, accessible and affordable. Access to abortion is part of every woman’s right to make decisions about her own body.

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Greens push for state cash-for-container scheme and announce national scheme for if state government fails to deliver

The Greens are calling on the state government to establish a cash-for-container scheme and have announced a national scheme to be established should the state government fail to act to protect the Gold Coast’s beaches from plastic pollution.

At a beach clean-up at the Spit today, Qld Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader, said:

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Greens to power up Sunshine Coast solar with battery-storage plan

The Greens have announced a costed plan to support the tens of thousands of Sunshine Coast solar households to install battery storage and to encourage even more homes to shift to clean-energy.

“The Sunshine Coast certainly lives up to its name by embracing solar energy,” Qld Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader, said.

“Out of 150 electorates nationally, the Sunshine Coast electorates of Fisher and Fairfax are both in the top 25 electorates with the most solar households.

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Old parties want to gut agency funding ground-breaking UNSW solar research

UNSW's world-leading research, announced today, which breaks a world record for solar efficiency, is funded through the Australian Renewable Energy Agency, which both the old parties want to cut by $1 billion.

Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and climate change spokesperson, called on Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten to scrap their plans to gut ARENA's funding.

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Cape Grim and poll finding global warming a vote-changer show old parties ignoring science and community

Confirmation from Cape Grim that atmospheric carbon dioxide has reached 400 parts per million and another poll showing Australians want action on global warming show the old parties are out of touch with the science and the community.

"Reaching this dangerous threshold of carbon pollution in the atmosphere, the highest in human existence, must act as a global wake-up call," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens climate change spokesperson, said.

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