Resources, Mining & CSG

The Australian Greens want a strong and diverse economy that sets us up for the long term and does not undermine our environment and the wellbeing of our communities.

The Greens want our future energy needs to be met using renewable energy. Continued reliance on polluting fossil fuels such coal and coal seam gas is destroying our environment, risking our food security, skewing the economy and affecting local communities.

Senior Treasury officials have refuted industry spin about job creation and the claims that the benefits of the mining boom are universal.

The Greens are taking action in the community and in the Parliament with bills to strengthen our national laws to protect our precious water resources, farmland, rural communities and environment from the impacts of rapacious mining.

Sign up to find out more about our work to protect our land, water, climate and communities from Coal Seam Gas mining.

 

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Senator Larissa Waters speaking on the Mineral Resources Rent Tax Repeal Bill

24 Mar 2014

Senator Larissa Waters talking on Speaking on the Mineral Resources Rent Tax Repeal Bill

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Senator Waters talking about dodgy offsets at Maules Creek coal mine

20 Mar 2014

Senator Waters talking about dodgy offsets at Maules Creek coal mine

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Greens motion on the Water Contamination Risks of CSG and Shale Gas Mining

19 Mar 2014

Greens' motion on maintaining funding for the Independent Expert Scientific Committee on CSG; and suspending CSG mining following the Santos uranium contamination incident.

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Greens move to protect CSG science funding as report shows lack of research into impacts

18 Mar 2014

Following the release of The Australia Institute’s report ‘Fracking the Future’ today, the Australian Greens will lodge a Senate motion calling for a suspension of current coal seam gas projects and no new approvals, given recent contamination of water with uranium and asbestos from CSG.

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Will Minister Marmion ignore WA Water Corporation warning in his thirst for fracking?

17 Mar 2014

The Australian Greens have called on WA Mines Minister Bill Marmion to honour his commitment to drink fracking fluid in light of the WA Water Corporation’s warning today that fracking risks drinking water across the state.

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Our health and environment are too important to risk with CSG asbestos and uranium

14 Mar 2014

The Australian Greens have called for an end to coal seam and unconventional gas mining following reports today about asbestos contamination at Queensland CSG drill sites, after last week’s revelations about uranium contamination in New South Wales from CSG.

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Larissa Waters sums-up debate on Landholders’ Right to Refuse (Gas and Coal) Bill

06 Mar 2014

I rise to make some concluding remarks about this bill. And I'm really proud of all my fellow Greens senators for the contributions that they've made, speaking on beha of the communities in their respective states, and the rights of those people to clean air, to clean water, to a healthy climate and to strong, united communities and to the right to continue to grow the food that we all rely upon, into the future.

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Senate vote confirms Greens only party standing up for farmers against big mining

06 Mar 2014

The old parties have voted down the Greens’ bill to give landholders the right to say no to coal and gas, in the Senate today, confirming the Greens are the only party standing up for farmers against the big mining companies.

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Larissa Waters second reading speech of Landholders' Right to Refuse (Gas and Coal) Bill

06 Mar 2014

I rise to speak to the Greens bill the Landholders' Right to Refuse (Gas and Coal) Bill 2013. As people well know, because this bill has been on foot for quite a while-it was on foot in the last parliament-this bill gives landholders the right to say no to dangerous coal seam gas, shale and tight gas mining on their land as well as to coalmines. Here in Australia, as we all know, we have so little good-quality farmland, so little good-quality agricultural land. It just seems absolutely outrageous to the Greens that the good-quality land we do have is not safe from being turned into massive mines and it is not safe from being pockmarked with coal seam gas wells, shale gas wells or tight gas wells.

 

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Senator Waters asking questions of the Environment Department about the Maules Creek mine approval

24 Feb 2014

Senator Waters asking questions of the Environment Department about the Maules Creek mine approval

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