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Greens to expose Labor’s $1 billion clean-energy funding black hole

With Labor announcing a climate policy that seems to largely lock in the Abbott/Turnbull $1.3 billion cut from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency, the Greens are today submitting a Senate motion calling for ARENA's currently legislated funding to retained.

Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens climate change spokesperson, who will submit the motion today for a vote tomorrow, said:

"Labor's climate policy appears to lock in most of the Liberal Party's cuts to ARENA, leaving Australia with a $1 billion black hole in clean-energy funding.

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Re-announcement of $50 million for Reef today equals Government’s Reef funding cuts

The Environment Minister's announcement of $50 million in Reef Trust projects today is a re-announcement of existing Reef funding and is undermined by the Government's cut in 2014 of $40 million from a long-standing, water-quality program.  

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

"The Turnbull Government is desperately shuffling around existing Reef funding in an attempt to distract from its inadequate climate policies and continued coal mine approvals, which are cooking the Reef.

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Cabinet Ministers undermining Paris agreement being signed tonight by questioning climate science

With Cabinet Ministers questioning climate science, the world will have little confidence in Greg Hunt's signature on the Paris climate agreement when he signs it in New York tonight.

"We have climate deniers running the country at a time when the world's chances of surviving global warming are at a tipping point," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and climate change spokesperson, said.

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Motion - Climate Change

Senator WATERS

I move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes:

(i) the unprecedented coral bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef which the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority describes as the worst ever mass bleaching event,

(ii) the devastating bushfires affecting areas of Tasmania's Wilderness World Heritage Area which have not been burned in centuries and which may never recover,

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Near blanket Reef bleaching shows we must quit coal

With the National Coral Bleaching Taskforce finding 93 per cent of the Great Barrier Reef has coral bleaching, the Greens have renewed calls for job-rich clean energy.

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

"This is the worst ever bleaching on the Reef, which is putting almost 70 000 peoples' jobs and the spectacular biodiversity of this World Heritage icon at risk.

"The science is clear - it's coal or the Reef.

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Legal Aid urgently needs funding boost given high demand for domestic violence family law services

Larissa Waters 18 Apr 2016

With new analysis showing 79 per cent of Legal-Aid-assisted family law cases include domestic violence, the Greens today renewed their call for the Coalition Government to boost funding for Legal Aid.

"The demand for domestic violence legal help is so tragically high that it is a factor in the bulk of family law cases assisted by Legal Aid," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens spokesperson for women, said.                                

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Peabody bankruptcy shows need for rehabilitation bonds and transition planning

With Peabody filing for bankruptcy today in the US, the Queensland and New South Wales governments must urgently secure outstanding rehabilitation bonds from the company.

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

"The state regulators must urgently secure adequate rehabilitation bonds from Peabody for their Queensland and New South Wales mines.

"We need this rehabilitation money in place before coal companies go bust so it can fund local jobs in site rehabilitation for workers who are laid off.

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