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Greens give Ministerial Standards some teeth

The Senate today supported an Australian Greens motion to force the government to disclose currently secret meetings between former ministers and current ministers or senior officials which may breach the Statement of Ministerial Standards.

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

“It’s time to put a stop to the influence of big polluters running rampant in our politics.

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Slam shut the revolving door between politics and big polluters

The Australian Greens say former Minister Ian Macfarlane's proposal to make environment groups stick to “digging up lantana” shows the danger of the cosy relationship between the mining sector and ex-politicians and the need for binding rules about former politicians working for industries they used to regulate.

Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader, and spokesperson on the environment said the former Abbott Government Resources minister continues to promote big mining and ignore the concerns of communities.

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State Government’s underground coal gasification ban a is favour to CSG industry

The Australians Greens says the Queensland State Labor government’s push to ban underground coal gasification is yet another favour to the CSG industry.

“The underground coal gasification (UCG) industry has allegedly exposed workers to carcinogenic gasses and contaminated soil and bore water, said Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and resources spokesperson.

“These revelations first came to light under the last Labor government who failed to take decisive action to protect the health and environment of Queenslanders and ban UCG.

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Labor buckle to Adani and betray Queenslanders

The Australian Greens are outraged that the Queensland Labor Government has caved in to Adani by weakening new groundwater laws so Adani won’t have to apply for a water license.

“Queensland Labor were elected to ‘save the Reef’ but instead they’ve caved in to big coal creating loopholes to put Adani’s Reef-destroying mega-mine on the fast track,” said Australian Greens Deputy Leader and Senator for Queensland, Larissa Waters.

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

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Mining and Resource Minister aids and abets CSG climate criminals

The Australian Greens condemned the Queensland government’s ‘Gas Supply and Demand Action Plan’ as simply a plan to remove the barriers safeguarding Queenslanders against more fracking. The discussion paper released today by Natural Resources and Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham is a thinly veiled attempt to court the unconventional gas industry.

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

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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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