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Greens support Kingaroy community in their fight against invasive coal mining

The Australian Greens support the Kingaroy Concerned Citizens Group which has called on the Queensland Government to buy back a mining exploration permit that could see an open cut coal mine built just 4km from the town of Kingaroy.

Greens Deputy Leader and Senator for Queensland Larissa Waters said, “The Greens congratulate the Kingaroy Concerned Citizens Group for the action they have taken to protect their community from a coal mine on their doorstep.

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Macfarlane’s new job at Queensland Resources Council is revolving door in action

Lee Rhiannon 26 Sep 2016

Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon and Greens mining and resources spokesperson Senator Larissa Waters have commented on Ian Macfarlane’s appointment to the Queensland Resources Council. 

Senator Lee Rhiannon said, “The revolving door between the political class and the mining and resources sector causes deep cynicism about MPs and democratic institutions.

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Queensland hit hard as Labor/Liberal gut ARENA clean energy grants

Larissa Waters 13 Sep 2016

Ripping more than half a billion dollars from funding for clean energy projects will hit Queensland  jobs and the state’s renewables sector hard, Senator Larissa Waters has said.

“Ripping $500 million in grants for cutting edge renewable energy projects will be devastating for Queensland,” Senator Waters said.

“Right when our state needs more support from the Federal Government, Labor and the Liberals gang up to gut ARENA.

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ARENA funds 1,172 Queensland solar jobs while Labor and LNP plan its downfall

Larissa Waters 8 Sep 2016

 

Greens Deputy Leader and Queensland Senator Larissa Waters today said the 1,172 Queensland jobs funded by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency via grants to large-scale solar projects show that Labor and LNP must abandon the planned $1 billion cut to the agency. 

"Today's funding announcement from ARENA shows that cutting clean energy grants would be irresponsible and stupid.

"This money will mean 1,172 direct jobs will be created in regional Queensland, many in areas affected by the decline of the coal and gas industry."  

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Motion - Mining and Adani

I seek leave to amend general business notice of motion No. 19 standing in my name for today, relating to the Adani coalmine. I move the motion as amended:

That the Senate— (a) notes that:

   (i) Australia has committed at the Paris climate talks to keep global warming below 2 degrees, and to pursue efforts to keep global warming below 1.5 degrees,

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Senate tells Turnbull to rule out public funding for Adani

The Australian Senate today supported a Greens motion calling on the government to rule out any public funding for the Adani coal mine or associated infrastructure, including via the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility. 

"Australia must not spend public money propping up a project that more than a dozen private banks have refused to finance, especially while this government is trying to cut $1 billion from clean energy", said Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and spokesperson on mining.

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Greens congratulate Victoria and push for a national fracking ban

With the ban on fracking announced in Victoria, the Australian Greens will move for a nation-wide ban on fracking to protect farmland and water and call on federal Labor to follow their state colleagues and back the move.

"The move by the Victorian Government to listen to the science, the community and the Greens and ban fracking is very welcome - and should be followed by Labor Governments and oppositions around the country," said Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and spokesperson on environment and mining.

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Old parties plan to buddy up to cut $1 billion of clean energy funding as soon as Parliament returns

The Greens condemn the Turnbull Government plan, announced today, to rip more than $1 billion from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency as soon as Parliament returns and Labor's failure this morning to rule out passing the cut. 

On RN Breakfast this morning, Chris Bowen refused to commit Labor to blocking the gutting of ARENA. 

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

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