The Australian Greens are proud to have secured an agreement with the Palmer United Party to block Tony Abbott's plan to hand federal approval powers over to state governments and to have improved the Senate Inquiry into Queensland so that it can investigate environmental attacks of both the Newman and Bligh governments.
"We now have the numbers in the Senate to protect our federal environment laws from Tony Abbott's one-stop shop, which would have wound back environment protection in Australia by more than 30 years," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.
"After more than two years of fighting against handing federal environmental approval powers to the states, since Labor first proposed the plan, we can finally breathe a sigh of relief - our federal environment laws will remain safe from environmentally reckless state premiers.
"Tony Abbott's one-stop shop would have left Campbell 'we're in the coal business' Newman in complete control over the Great Barrier Reef and we're so glad to have been able to avert the environmental disaster that would have been.
"We're also proud to have secured improvements to the terms of reference for the Senate Inquiry into Queensland, which has just passed the Senate with our support.
"Our amendments include extending the Inquiry so that it can look at coal seam gas approvals of the Bligh Government, which a whistle blower revealed on ABC's 4 Corners program were issued subject to political and industry interference.
"We're pleased that not only have we protected national environment protection from Tony Abbott's one-stop shop but to have also secured an investigation into the environmental attacks of the Newman Government and the dodgy coal seam gas approvals of the Bligh Government," Senator Waters said.