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Greens push to take fracking ban national

The test is on for the Nationals and the Labor party with the Senate today debating the Australian Greens’ bill to ban fracking and give landholders the right to say no to coal and unconventional gas to protect farmland, water and the climate.

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

“For the past five years I have had legislation to give voice to farmers and regional Australians who want their land, lifestyle, water and the climate protected from the ravages of unconventional gas.

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Greens give Ministerial Standards some teeth

The Senate today supported an Australian Greens motion to force the government to disclose currently secret meetings between former ministers and current ministers or senior officials which may breach the Statement of Ministerial Standards.

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

“It’s time to put a stop to the influence of big polluters running rampant in our politics.

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Women of Australia need more than words; the government needs to stand up, speak out and cough up.

Larissa Waters 23 Nov 2016

Australian Greens Deputy Leader and spokesperson for women spoke at a breakfast event for White Ribbon Day held in Parliament House this morning alongside Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten.

As the original list of political speakers contained no women Senator Waters spoke on behalf of Greens Leader Richard Di Natale.

Senator Waters commends the commitment to ending violence against women and children but hopes “White Ribbon Day is not just one day of reflection for those who then sadly fail to deliver in their spheres of influence.”

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One Nation 'stands up' for Australians by taking $70,000 from a property developer

Larissa Waters 21 Nov 2016

Australian Greens Deputy Leader and Queensland Senator Larissa Waters said Pauline Hanson and her party promised voters they would shake up mainstream politics but instead they have taken a leaf straight out of the old two parties’ playbook accepting nearly $70,000 in donations and in-kind support from a major property development company.

“Despite claiming to stand up for marginalised Australians, One Nation is acting just like the other big parties who take money from property developers and big business instead of speaking for communities.

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Slam shut the revolving door between politics and big polluters

The Australian Greens say former Minister Ian Macfarlane's proposal to make environment groups stick to “digging up lantana” shows the danger of the cosy relationship between the mining sector and ex-politicians and the need for binding rules about former politicians working for industries they used to regulate.

Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader, and spokesperson on the environment said the former Abbott Government Resources minister continues to promote big mining and ignore the concerns of communities.

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Gender pay gap data shows discrimination alive and well

Larissa Waters 16 Nov 2016

With the release of data on the gender pay gap today showing women are paid an average of nearly $27,000 less than men, the Australians Greens will continue to push for equal pay for work of equal value, and equal opportunity for women to succeed in all industries.

“The gender pay gap is sexist and must be closed. The worth of work done by women is the same as the worth of work done by men,” said Australian Greens Deputy Leader and spokesperson for women Senator Larissa Waters.

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Queenslanders reject One Nation’s tired old politics of fear and division

Larissa Waters 10 Nov 2016

The Australian Greens say Pauline Hanson and One Nation offer us nothing but the tired old politics of fear and racial division.

Australian Greens Deputy Leader and Queensland Senator Larissa Waters said the majority of Queenslanders rejects Senator Hanson's utterly racist and hateful views.

“Emboldened by events in America Senator Hanson’s fanciful thought-bubble that Queensland could be led by a Premier from One Nation show that it is she that is out of touch with large sections of the population, said Senator Waters

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Greens stand with Oakey on Department of Defence contamination class action

Larissa Waters 10 Nov 2016

The Australian Greens stand with the residents of Oakey as they move towards a class action against the Department of Defence over contamination from a nearby base.  

Australian Greens Deputy Leader and Queensland Senator Larissa Waters said

“The Department of Defence have failed time and time again to sufficiently address community anxiety about chemicals used at the base that have leached into soil and groundwater.

“This debacle at Oakey is all-too reminiscent of the ravages of invasive coal and gas mining on the Darling Downs and across Queensland.

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State Government’s underground coal gasification ban a is favour to CSG industry

The Australians Greens says the Queensland State Labor government’s push to ban underground coal gasification is yet another favour to the CSG industry.

“The underground coal gasification (UCG) industry has allegedly exposed workers to carcinogenic gasses and contaminated soil and bore water, said Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and resources spokesperson.

“These revelations first came to light under the last Labor government who failed to take decisive action to protect the health and environment of Queenslanders and ban UCG.

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