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A plan to save the Reef that ignores global warming is meaningless

The Australian Greens say any plan to save the Great Barrier Reef that ignores global warming is meaningless

“The government’s draft response plan to the “worst ever” bleaching event on the Reef on record reportedly says global warming was the cause but doesn’t include any action or new funding to address it,” said Australian Greens Deputy Leader and Senator for Queensland, Larissa Waters.

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Face the facts and take action to save the Reef say Greens

The Australian Greens call on all political parties to face the scientific facts and take drastic action to save the Great Barrier Reef.

“A scientific study released today confirms that two thirds of corals are dead in the north of the Reef, said Australian Greens Deputy Leader and Senator for Queensland, Larissa Waters.

“Reef scientists are unanimous in saying the biggest threat to the Reef is global warming which caused the devastating coral bleaching and in their calls for drastic action.

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One Nation puts 70,000 Queensland jobs in jeopardy

Larissa Waters 26 Nov 2016

By falsely claiming that the Great Barrier Reef is “alive and well” after visiting an area unaffected by coral bleaching One Nation is putting the jobs of 70,000 Queenslanders in jeopardy say the Australian Greens.

“It is unconscionable for One Nation to claim the Reef is totally fine when 22 percent of corals in the Great Barrier Reef just died from the worst ever bleaching event on record,” said Australian Greens Deputy Leader and Queensland Senator Larissa Waters.

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Greens proud of legal fight against Adani mega-coal mine

“We are disappointed with this decision but are proud of the tenacious legal fight to oppose this mega-coal mine.

“When governments fail to enforce or comply with their own laws, it falls to community groups to hold them to account.

“Public enforcement of laws is a crucial tenet of our democracy.

“Across the country, Australians care deeply about our reefs, forests, rivers and native wildlife and they should be able to have their say on developments threatening to destroy these parts of our national identity.

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Greens push to take fracking ban national

The test is on for the Nationals and the Labor party with the Senate today debating the Australian Greens’ bill to ban fracking and give landholders the right to say no to coal and unconventional gas to protect farmland, water and the climate.

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

“For the past five years I have had legislation to give voice to farmers and regional Australians who want their land, lifestyle, water and the climate protected from the ravages of unconventional gas.

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Greens give Ministerial Standards some teeth

The Senate today supported an Australian Greens motion to force the government to disclose currently secret meetings between former ministers and current ministers or senior officials which may breach the Statement of Ministerial Standards.

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

“It’s time to put a stop to the influence of big polluters running rampant in our politics.

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Women of Australia need more than words; the government needs to stand up, speak out and cough up.

Larissa Waters 23 Nov 2016

Australian Greens Deputy Leader and spokesperson for women spoke at a breakfast event for White Ribbon Day held in Parliament House this morning alongside Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten.

As the original list of political speakers contained no women Senator Waters spoke on behalf of Greens Leader Richard Di Natale.

Senator Waters commends the commitment to ending violence against women and children but hopes “White Ribbon Day is not just one day of reflection for those who then sadly fail to deliver in their spheres of influence.”

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One Nation 'stands up' for Australians by taking $70,000 from a property developer

Larissa Waters 21 Nov 2016

Australian Greens Deputy Leader and Queensland Senator Larissa Waters said Pauline Hanson and her party promised voters they would shake up mainstream politics but instead they have taken a leaf straight out of the old two parties’ playbook accepting nearly $70,000 in donations and in-kind support from a major property development company.

“Despite claiming to stand up for marginalised Australians, One Nation is acting just like the other big parties who take money from property developers and big business instead of speaking for communities.

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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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