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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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Australian Greens forge ahead in plan for transitioning the Australian economy away from coal

The Australian Greens have successfully moved for an examination of the plan to retire coal fired power stations and plans for a just transition for effected workers.

Australian Greens Leader Richard Di Natale said that the Government’s head-in-the-sand approach to climate policy is an international embarrassment.

“Malcolm Turnbull doesn’t have a plan to address climate change and he doesn’t have a plan to transition Australia’s economy away from coal-fired power and into cleaner, sustainable, jobs rich renewables.

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Adani mine should get in the bin not on the fast track

The Australian Greens says the State and federal government are failing Queenslanders by supporting Adani after a report from Environmental Defenders Office Qld exposed the effect of the Queensland “critical infrastructure” declaration.

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

“The Adani mine belongs in the bin, not the fast track.

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State and federal governments should stand up for Queensland women

Larissa Waters 3 Nov 2016

Australian Greens Deputy Leader and spokesperson for women Senator Larissa Waters is calling on the Queensland and federal Health Ministers to ensure access to abortion for all Queensland women.

“I have today written to Susan Ley and Cameron Dick asking them to take urgent action to make sure women across Queensland can continue to access surgical abortion services.

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Pay gag clauses being used to punish women who ask for pay equity

Larissa Waters 27 Oct 2016

Evidence today to the Senate Education and Employment Committee from academic experts about the gender pay gap has revealed a concerning trend that some employers are using “pay gag clauses” against women challenge unequal pay.

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

“Evidence today from witnesses suggested that ‘pay gag clauses’ are being enforced by 50 – 90% of private sector organisations according to forthcoming studies. 

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