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One Nation are conspiracy-peddling knuckle-draggers

Larissa Waters 12 Jan 2017

The revelations about the outrageous conspiracy theories held by the One Nation candidate for the Queensland state seat of Mulgrave are shocking but not surprising say the Australian Greens.

“One Nation have nothing to say about fixing the desperately high youth unemployment rate in the Far North, nor the need for protecting the Reef for the sake of the local economy,” said Senator for Queensland and Deputy Leader of the Australian Greens Larissa Waters.

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Adani pay just 0.008 percent in tax on multimillion dollar earnings

Larissa Waters 9 Dec 2016

It beggars belief that the Queensland and federal governments want to give Adani, a company that paid just 0.008 percent in tax on their total income in 2014-2015, one billion dollars of taxpayer’s money, say the Australian Greens.

“Under new tax transparency laws spearheaded by the Greens, the ATO today released figures showing multinational mining company Adani earned $487 million from its Australian enterprises but paid a measly $39,000 in taxes in the 2014-2015 financial year, said Australian Greens Deputy Leader and Senator for Queensland, Larissa Waters.

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More than words needed to end domestic violence

Larissa Waters 8 Dec 2016

Going into COAG, if the federal government is actually committed to the safety of women and children experiencing domestic violence, they must commit to long-term funding for specialist homelessness services, say the Australian Greens.

"We know that domestic violence is one of the key causes of homelessness, and that many women and children are forced to choose between violence and homelessness because emergency shelters are full and long-term affordable accommodation is extremely limited,” said Australian Greens Deputy Leader and spokesperson for women, Larissa Waters.

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Turnbull govt will condemn the Reef with billion dollar loan to Adani

The Turnbull government has reportedly given "conditional approval" for a $1 billion loan of public money to build the railway for the Reef-destroying Adani Carmichael mega coal mine, say the Australian Greens.

“This is in the same year that coal-driven global warming caused the worst ever mass coral bleaching, killing 22% of the Great Barrier Reef, said Australian Greens Deputy Leader and Senator for Queensland, Larissa Waters.

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

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Governments risking In Danger listing of Reef with shoddy UNESCO Reef homework

The Australian Greens say the Australian and Queensland government’s inaction and capitulation to big coal will tempt UNESCO to put the Great Barrier Reef  on the World Heritage In Danger list.

“The Government is risking a fail on their Reef homework to UNESCO by underfunding their ReefPlan, delaying water quality targets, spruiking new coal and ignoring global warming after the worst coral bleaching the Reef has ever seen,” said Australian Greens Deputy Leader and Senator for Queensland, Larissa Waters.

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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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