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Australian Greens forge ahead in plan for transitioning the Australian economy away from coal

The Australian Greens have successfully moved for an examination of the plan to retire coal fired power stations and plans for a just transition for effected workers.

Australian Greens Leader Richard Di Natale said that the Government’s head-in-the-sand approach to climate policy is an international embarrassment.

“Malcolm Turnbull doesn’t have a plan to address climate change and he doesn’t have a plan to transition Australia’s economy away from coal-fired power and into cleaner, sustainable, jobs rich renewables.

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Adani mine should get in the bin not on the fast track

The Australian Greens says the State and federal government are failing Queenslanders by supporting Adani after a report from Environmental Defenders Office Qld exposed the effect of the Queensland “critical infrastructure” declaration.

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

“The Adani mine belongs in the bin, not the fast track.

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CSG fugitive emissions: government must urgently fix shoddy under-counting of pollution

Responding to a damning new report from the Melbourne Energy Institute showing that the CSG industry has drastically under-estimated dangerous methane pollution from ‘fugitive’ emissions.  Information from Senate Estimates last week shows that the government has not funded crucial further research.  

Senator Larissa Waters, deputy leader of the Australian Greens and resources spokesperson said;

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CSIRO to face questions in Estimates on new report about potentially corrupting fracking industry influence

The Australian Greens will question the CSIRO in Senate Estimates today over revelations in the report released today revealing potential conflicts of interest relating to crucial climate, environmental and social research within the CSIRO’s industry-funded Gas Industry Social and Environmental Research Alliance (GISERA). 

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

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PM’s office did not take advice on Macfarlane appointment - Ministerial Standards trashed

The Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet has confirmed in Senate estimates today that the Prime Minister’s office did not ask for advice on former minister Ian Macfarlane’s appointment as CEO of the Queensland Resources Council.

Senator Lee Rhiannon, Greens democracy spokesperson, has called on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to disclose the involvement of his office in the Macfarlane appointment.

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Bank decision shows coal seam gas destroys property values

Commenting on reports that CommBank has refused to accept a property with CSG wells on as security for a bridging loan, Acting Greens Leader and Mining & Resources spokesperson Senator Larissa Waters said:

“We’ve known all along that fracking and CSG risks our land, water and the climate – now a major bank is admitting it also risks property values.

“This is the smoking gun the industry has been trying to deny for years – that CSG destroys property values.

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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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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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Greens to move for Senate Inquiry into mining companies dodging rehabilitation costs off back of leaked Qld Gov report showing state is $3 billion short in clean-up costs

Following a leaked report estimating the Queensland Government has failed to collect billions of dollars from coal mining companies for rehabilitation, the Greens will seek support for a federal Senate Inquiry into the issue.

Qld Senator Larissa Waters, Greens Deputy Leader, said:

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