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Slam shut the revolving door between politics and big polluters

The Australian Greens say former Minister Ian Macfarlane's proposal to make environment groups stick to “digging up lantana” shows the danger of the cosy relationship between the mining sector and ex-politicians and the need for binding rules about former politicians working for industries they used to regulate.

Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader, and spokesperson on the environment said the former Abbott Government Resources minister continues to promote big mining and ignore the concerns of communities.

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Gender pay gap data shows discrimination alive and well

Larissa Waters 16 Nov 2016

With the release of data on the gender pay gap today showing women are paid an average of nearly $27,000 less than men, the Australians Greens will continue to push for equal pay for work of equal value, and equal opportunity for women to succeed in all industries.

“The gender pay gap is sexist and must be closed. The worth of work done by women is the same as the worth of work done by men,” said Australian Greens Deputy Leader and spokesperson for women Senator Larissa Waters.

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Queenslanders reject One Nation’s tired old politics of fear and division

Larissa Waters 10 Nov 2016

The Australian Greens say Pauline Hanson and One Nation offer us nothing but the tired old politics of fear and racial division.

Australian Greens Deputy Leader and Queensland Senator Larissa Waters said the majority of Queenslanders rejects Senator Hanson's utterly racist and hateful views.

“Emboldened by events in America Senator Hanson’s fanciful thought-bubble that Queensland could be led by a Premier from One Nation show that it is she that is out of touch with large sections of the population, said Senator Waters

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Greens stand with Oakey on Department of Defence contamination class action

Larissa Waters 10 Nov 2016

The Australian Greens stand with the residents of Oakey as they move towards a class action against the Department of Defence over contamination from a nearby base.  

Australian Greens Deputy Leader and Queensland Senator Larissa Waters said

“The Department of Defence have failed time and time again to sufficiently address community anxiety about chemicals used at the base that have leached into soil and groundwater.

“This debacle at Oakey is all-too reminiscent of the ravages of invasive coal and gas mining on the Darling Downs and across Queensland.

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State Government’s underground coal gasification ban a is favour to CSG industry

The Australians Greens says the Queensland State Labor government’s push to ban underground coal gasification is yet another favour to the CSG industry.

“The underground coal gasification (UCG) industry has allegedly exposed workers to carcinogenic gasses and contaminated soil and bore water, said Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and resources spokesperson.

“These revelations first came to light under the last Labor government who failed to take decisive action to protect the health and environment of Queenslanders and ban UCG.

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Labor buckle to Adani and betray Queenslanders

The Australian Greens are outraged that the Queensland Labor Government has caved in to Adani by weakening new groundwater laws so Adani won’t have to apply for a water license.

“Queensland Labor were elected to ‘save the Reef’ but instead they’ve caved in to big coal creating loopholes to put Adani’s Reef-destroying mega-mine on the fast track,” said Australian Greens Deputy Leader and Senator for Queensland, Larissa Waters.

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

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Greens family-friendly push modernises Senate rule

Larissa Waters 8 Nov 2016

The Australian Greens are proud to have initiated a successful rule change to make the Australian Senate more family friendly by allowing Senators to briefly care for infants in the Chamber.

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

“All workplaces should be more family friendly, including Parliaments.“Our Parliament should better reflect our community; we need more young women in Canberra.

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Greens support laws to end vile promotion of violence against women

Larissa Waters 8 Nov 2016

The Australian Greens support legislation introduced to the Queensland state parliament on Tuesday that will put an end to sexist slogans and imagery inciting violence against women on Wicked campers and others vehicles.  

Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and spokesperson for women calls on all members of State parliament to pass laws that allow for the vehicle registrations of commercial operators to be cancelled should they refuse to remove offensive material.

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Mining and Resource Minister aids and abets CSG climate criminals

The Australian Greens condemned the Queensland government’s ‘Gas Supply and Demand Action Plan’ as simply a plan to remove the barriers safeguarding Queenslanders against more fracking. The discussion paper released today by Natural Resources and Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham is a thinly veiled attempt to court the unconventional gas industry.

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

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