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Abbott-era coal obsession lives on in Turnbull Government's approval Adani Carmichael mine

The Australian Greens condemn the Turnbull Government's re-approval today of the Adani Carmichael mine to export coal through the Great Barrier Reef.

"The Coalition Government's coal obsession is clearly continuing under Malcolm Turnbull," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens climate change spokesperson, said.

"The world is desperately trying to avert catastrophic global warming, and yet the Turnbull Government has gone ahead and ticked off on what would become Australia's largest coal mine.

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More coal workers set to lose their jobs but the big parties have no plan for their futures

With Glencore foreshadowing coal mine closures and Alinta set to shut a coal mine and coal-fired power stations in South Australia, the Australian Greens are calling on the big parties to provide alternatives for coal workers.

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

"The Greens have set out a plan to urgently secure the funding for mine rehabilitation jobs for coal workers, and we have announced an ambitious science-driven target of 90% clean energy by 2030.

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Old parties ignore community and recommend against Greens’ bill to give landholders rights to say no to coal and gas and to ban fracking

The old-party dominated Senate Inquiry into the Greens' bill to give landholders the right to say no to coal and gas and to ban fracking has recommended not passing the bill, despite strong community support.  

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

"This is a deeply disappointing outcome after the Inquiry heard from hundreds of people and organisations, with 95 per cent of them supporting the bill.

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Labor set to break its promise and follow Newman plan to let mining companies suck up groundwater

The Greens condemn moves by the Palaszczuk Government to stick with the Newman Government's plan to give big mining companies free water at the expense of the environment and agriculture.

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

"Pushing ahead with Campbell Newman's plan to let big mining companies suck up as much groundwater as they want for free, without community rights to object, would be a shameful breach of an election promise from Labor.

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Greens announce transition plan for Australia’s coal export sector

• New industry report confirms global coal demand in terminal structural decline
• Taxpayers and state governments will be left with a mine clean-up bill worth billions of dollars
• Greens release plan to transition thousands of jobs and fund rehabilitation costs

The Greens have today released a plan to deal with the structural decline in Australia's coal export sector, in response to a report from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis that confirms the sector is in terminal decline.

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Poll shows Australians against Abbott's latest environment attack

Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, comments on the new Lonergan Research poll about the Abbott Government trying to change environment law to limit its public enforcement:

“Again we see how out of touch the Abbott Government is with the Australian people.

“Nearly three quarters of Australians believe environment groups should be able to use the courts to ensure existing environment laws are upheld, and the government's plan is completely at odds with this.  

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Senate must stop Abbott from putting mining companies above the law

The Australian Greens are urging the Senate to block the Abbott Government's bill to gut public enforcement of environment law now being debated in the Lower House.

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

"Tony Abbott and George Brandis want to put big mining companies above the law and stop Australians who care about the environment and climate from upholding the law.

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Coal lobby’s ad campaign ignores the jobs it is killing

The mining lobby's advertising blitz today neglects to mention the jobs it is killing in other industries and the carbon pollution it is threatening our very way of life with.

"The mining lobby doesn't want to talk about the jobs it is killing in the agriculture, tourism and renewable energy industries," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and climate change spokesperson, said

"Even though coal workers are losing their jobs, because the coal price is in structural decline, the big parties aren't providing them with an alternative.

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