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Stifling community enforcement of environment law is an attack on democracy

The Attorney General's plan to limit public enforcement of environmental law is an attack on democracy and won't change that the Carmichael coal mine doesn't make economic sense.  

"The Abbott Government won't let anything get in the way of its coal obsession, not even the law," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens deputy leader and climate change spokesperson, said.

"It's so determined to put coal ahead of renewables, despite renewable technology bounding ahead and the coal price dwindling, that it wants to take away public rights to uphold environment law.

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Auditors' report shows Abbot Point dumping permit approval shonky – GBRMPA should have funding to fix the process

The Australian National Audit Office's report into Great Barrier Reef permits reveals a sloppy approvals process, especially in the case of the Abbot Point dumping permit.

"The audit shows the incredibly sloppy process that led to the Abbot Point offshore dumping permit being granted without enough time or information," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.  

"This vindicates why the community with the Greens campaigned successfully to cancel the offshore Abbot Point dumping permit.

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Senate unanimously calls for federal funding to save cassowary from extinction

The Senate has unanimously passed an Australian Greens' motion calling for urgent federal funding for cassowary conservation and rehabilitation.  

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

"We're pleased that all Senators supported the Greens' motion, and that in response to the motion the federal government said it would write to the state government about funding.

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Court overturning Adani Carmichael mine is good news for the climate, Great Barrier Reef and Queensland economy

Court overturning Adani Carmichael mine is good news for the climate, Great Barrier Reef and Queensland economy

The Federal Court’s decision today to overturn the Abbott Government’s approval of Adani’s Carmichael coal mine is good news for the climate, environment and Queensland economy.                                       

 

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Queensland’s shark program needs urgent review to end marine wildlife deaths

Following the release of graphic footage by Sea Shepherd of marine wildlife entangled in shark nets and caught on drumlines, the Australian Greens say that Queensland’s system of shark nets and drum lines must be urgently reviewed.

 “We’re calling on the Queensland Government to swiftly end this indiscriminate torture of protected wildlife," said Greens Senator for Queensland, Deputy Leader Larissa Waters.

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World Heritage Committee expresses concern about Great Barrier Reef and decides to keep under close watch

The World Heritage Committee has tonight in Germany decided to keep the Great Barrier Reef on an ongoing watch list and member countries have expressed concerns about shipping and maintenance dumping.

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

"The World Heritage Committee is keeping the Reef's management on probation with updates due at 18 months and 4.5 years to assess whether the Reef should be listed as In Danger. 

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Senate Inquiry report recommends Abbott Government reverse completely de-funding Environmental Defenders Offices

The Senate Inquiry into the Abbott Government's attacks on the environment has reported this afternoon with recommendations to reinstate funding for Environmental Defenders' Offices and conservation projects.

In Additional Comments, the Australian Greens recommended the government abandon its ideological attack on the deductible gift recipient status of environment organisations.

The Greens also recommended the Abbott Government remove its gag clauses in funding agreements with environment organisations.

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Greens move for Senate Inquiry into fossil fuel influence over politics

The Australian Greens will move for a Senate Inquiry into the fossil fuel industry's influence over politics, as the House of Representatives inquiry hearings into removing tax deductibility from environment groups begin today.

Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and climate and environment spokesperson, who will lodge Terms of Reference for the Inquiry in the Senate today, said:

"The Abbott Government is out to destroy the environment and those who seek to protect it, on behalf of its big fossil fuel industry mates.

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