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Proxy vote shows Senate for public enforcement of environment law

The Senate has voted down a Turnbull Government motion in support of its bill to limit who can take the government to court when it breaks environment law.

"Thanks to Senator Canavan's motion, we've just had a proxy vote on the standing bill, and we now know it's dead in the water," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.  

"The Senate clearly disagrees with the Turnbull Government's blatant attempt to silence the community for the sake of its big mining buddies.

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Turnbull takes Abbott’s axe to World Heritage, water and endangered species

The Australian Greens are urging the cross-bench Senators to continue to block the Turnbull Government's plan to give all federal environmental approval powers to state or even local governments.

"It is deeply disappointing that Malcolm Turnbull is pushing Tony Abbott's plan to take an axe to environmental protection," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and environment spokesperson, said.

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Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility draft criteria ignore cultural, environmental and social impacts

The Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility criteria, released by the Turnbull Government today, fail to rule out the $5 billion facility becoming a slush fund for big mining companies.

Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and mining spokesperson, said the draft criteria do not consider environmental, cultural or social impacts.

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Minister Lynham wants to make himself the judge, jury and executioner of Land Court cases

The Palaszczuk Government's reported plans to give the Minister more power to influence the outcomes of mining disputes in the Land Court and stifle community rights to uphold environment law are an attack on democracy.  

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

"Minister Lynham already has the final say on mining applications and Queensland's Land Court can only make a recommendation to the Minister.  But even this doesn't seem to be enough. 

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Palaszczuk and Turnbull governments buddy up to pour more millions in to the fossil fuel industry

The Palaszczuk and Turnbull governments have together launched another taxpayer-funded handout for mining companies in Brisbane today in the form of the Mining Equipment Technology and Services Industry Growth Centre.

"The old parties are joining together to tip millions more dollars into dying fossil fuel industry," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and climate change spokesperson, said.

"Mining technology and services workers are grappling with the structural decline of the coal price and other commodities.

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Michael Roche should be sacked over inappropriate comments about George Bender’s death

The Australian Greens are calling for Queensland Resources Council CEO Michael Roche to be sacked, following his inappropriate and insensitive statements about George Bender's death today.

Qld Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens mining spokesperson, said:

"George Bender's daughter, Helen, has pledged to carry on her father's fight to protect farmland from CSG, yet Michael Roche has taken it upon himself to disparage the movement that George inspired.

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Evidence Linc Energy told workers to eat yoghurt to endure pollution is startling

Evidence in the Dalby Magistrates Court that Linc Energy workers were told to eat yoghurt to stop the burning effects of pollution from its coal gasification project on the Darling Downs is outrageous.

"This is an absolute disgrace," Qld Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader said.

"How outrageous that Linc Energy allegedly knowingly put their workers' health at risk and that of people in the surrounding community.

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Farmers shouldn’t have to go to court to protect water from coal

The Australian Greens congratulate Bruce Currie, Galilee Basin grazier, for standing up for his water and livelihood by legally challenging the Kevin's Corner coal mine.

"It's a disgrace that Mr Currie has to go to court to protect his water and livelihood," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and climate change spokesperson, said.

"The Turnbull and Palaszczuk governments are giving big mining companies priority over Queensland's precious groundwater, even though we're in drought.

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