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QLD families to be slugged $287m by childcare delay

The Australian Greens have expressed concern for the thousands of Queensland families who will be disadvantaged by the government's decision to delay the implementation of childcare reforms by one year, as revealed in the May Budget.

While the government's package still has to be improved, it was set to save average families $30 a week and be introduced in 2017. With 188,950 Queensland families accessing childcare, the one year delay in rolling out the reforms represents a potential $287 million hit on family budgets.

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Inadequate domestic violence funding which lasts only until just after the election

Larissa Waters 4 May 2016

The Turnbull Budget locks in Abbott's cuts to domestic violence services and subjects women's legal and housing services, which help women escape violence, to massive funding cuts from next financial year.

Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens deputy leader and spokesperson for women, said:

"We are in a national domestic violence crisis.  Services are underfunded and overstretched, but despite the Prime Minister's rhetoric about domestic violence the Budget fails the victims of domestic violence. 

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Greens condemn witch-hunt against voices for nature

The Greens condemn the politically motivated witch hunt against the voices for nature in the government's recommendations in the House of Representatives tax-deductibility for environment organisations inquiry report. 

Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment and climate change spokesperson said:

"This inquiry has been a politically motivated with-hunt from the start. 

"The Coalition can't take criticism of its anti-environment policies and so wants to shoot the messenger by crippling environment groups who are working for the public good.

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Budget fails the Great Barrier Reef and clean energy, while further propping up fossil fuels

The Liberals' budget fails the environment and the Great Barrier Reef, cuts billions from clean energy and tops up the billions in hand outs to the fossil fuel industry with another $100 million.

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

"Our Reef is suffering record coral bleaching driven by global warming but the Liberals are ripping out a billion dollars from clean energy, and funding for work on Reef water quality comes from cutting Landcare.

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Budget missed opportunity for public transport and clean energy in Queensland

The Liberal Government's budget fails to provide public transport or clean energy jobs in Queensland and instead focuses on military spending in other states.

"This budget is a let-down, especially for Queensland," Qld Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader, said.

"While Sydney and Melbourne get billions for infrastructure, the Turnbull Government is denying Brisbane funding for the much-needed Cross River Rail because Queenslanders have voted against asset sales.

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Greens to expose Labor’s $1 billion clean-energy funding black hole

With Labor announcing a climate policy that seems to largely lock in the Abbott/Turnbull $1.3 billion cut from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency, the Greens are today submitting a Senate motion calling for ARENA's currently legislated funding to retained.

Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens climate change spokesperson, who will submit the motion today for a vote tomorrow, said:

"Labor's climate policy appears to lock in most of the Liberal Party's cuts to ARENA, leaving Australia with a $1 billion black hole in clean-energy funding.

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Greens announce doubling of funding for women’s shelters and call for federal budget funding

Larissa Waters 29 Apr 2016

The Greens have announced a plan to double funding for women’s shelters and are calling on the Turnbull Government to reverse its domestic violence funding cuts and boost funding in next week’s budget.

At Women’s House Shelta, the oldest women’s shelter in Brisbane, today, Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and spokesperson for women, said:

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Greens announce 7-point plan to revitalise reef and economy as coal industry collapses

The  Greens say Australia should be planning for a future without coal, not a future without our spectacular Great Barrier Reef, announcing a package of measures to revitalise both the reef and the national economy as the coal industry declines.

"Governments need to intervene here - not to prop up the dying coal industry, but to help coal workers get out and to protect the thousands of jobs that rely on the health of Australia's stunning natural assets," said Greens Leader Richard Di Natale, visiting Cairns and Lizard Island today.

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Re-announcement of $50 million for Reef today equals Government’s Reef funding cuts

The Environment Minister's announcement of $50 million in Reef Trust projects today is a re-announcement of existing Reef funding and is undermined by the Government's cut in 2014 of $40 million from a long-standing, water-quality program.  

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

"The Turnbull Government is desperately shuffling around existing Reef funding in an attempt to distract from its inadequate climate policies and continued coal mine approvals, which are cooking the Reef.

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