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Qld Nickel should have been made to pay for job-intensive rehabilitation of site up front

Revelations that the state government failed to secure a bond for the rehabilitation of the Qld Nickel are deeply disappointing.

"It's disgraceful that the state government failed to secure a bond from the company for the job-intensive rehabilitation of the site," Qld Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader, said.

"If the refinery is shut down, rehabilitation would provide much-needed local jobs and would be essential to protect locals' health, as well as tourism jobs by removing the pollution threat to the Great Barrier Reef.

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Nationals play chameleon in Senate chamber on farmers’ rights to say no to CSG

Nationals Senators have failed to stand by their own claims that they believe landholders should have the right to say no to coal seam gas by voting against on a Greens' Senate motion today.

Queensland Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and mining spokesperson, who put forward the motion, said:

"Our motion included the claims of Warren Truss, Barnaby Joyce, Fiona Nash, Michael McCormack, Andrew Broad, Bridget McKenzie, John Williams and Matthew Canavan.

"But the Nationals Senators failed to stand by those claims and voted against the motion.  

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Turnbull Government ignores experts and community in push to stifle enforcement of environment law

The government-dominated Senate Inquiry into the government’s bill to limit public enforcement of environment law has ignored community opposition, scientific evidence and legal advice by recommending the bill in its report today.

The Australian Greens’ dissenting report highlights community opposition and legal experts’ arguments against the bill.

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Palaszczuk Government’s support for hundreds more CSG wells in Qld is reckless

QGC's announcement today of an extra 300 to 400 coal seam gas wells near Wandoan puts Queensland's land, water, Great Barrier Reef and climate at risk.

"The Palaszczuk Government's enthusiastic support for hundreds more CSG wells in Queensland is short-sighted and reckless," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens mining spokesperson, said.

"Wandoan is some of Queensland's best grain growing country and CSG wells here will just put more strain on Queensland's farmers.

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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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