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Old parties want to gut agency funding ground-breaking UNSW solar research

UNSW's world-leading research, announced today, which breaks a world record for solar efficiency, is funded through the Australian Renewable Energy Agency, which both the old parties want to cut by $1 billion.

Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and climate change spokesperson, called on Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten to scrap their plans to gut ARENA's funding.

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Cape Grim and poll finding global warming a vote-changer show old parties ignoring science and community

Confirmation from Cape Grim that atmospheric carbon dioxide has reached 400 parts per million and another poll showing Australians want action on global warming show the old parties are out of touch with the science and the community.

"Reaching this dangerous threshold of carbon pollution in the atmosphere, the highest in human existence, must act as a global wake-up call," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens climate change spokesperson, said.

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Inadequate domestic violence funding which lasts only until just after the election

Larissa Waters 4 May 2016

The Turnbull Budget locks in Abbott's cuts to domestic violence services and subjects women's legal and housing services, which help women escape violence, to massive funding cuts from next financial year.

Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens deputy leader and spokesperson for women, said:

"We are in a national domestic violence crisis.  Services are underfunded and overstretched, but despite the Prime Minister's rhetoric about domestic violence the Budget fails the victims of domestic violence. 

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Greens condemn witch-hunt against voices for nature

The Greens condemn the politically motivated witch hunt against the voices for nature in the government's recommendations in the House of Representatives tax-deductibility for environment organisations inquiry report. 

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

"This inquiry has been a politically motivated with-hunt from the start. 

"The Coalition can't take criticism of its anti-environment policies and so wants to shoot the messenger by crippling environment groups who are working for the public good.

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Budget fails the Great Barrier Reef and clean energy, while further propping up fossil fuels

The Liberals' budget fails the environment and the Great Barrier Reef, cuts billions from clean energy and tops up the billions in hand outs to the fossil fuel industry with another $100 million.

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

"Our Reef is suffering record coral bleaching driven by global warming but the Liberals are ripping out a billion dollars from clean energy, and funding for work on Reef water quality comes from cutting Landcare.

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Budget missed opportunity for public transport and clean energy in Queensland

The Liberal Government's budget fails to provide public transport or clean energy jobs in Queensland and instead focuses on military spending in other states.

"This budget is a let-down, especially for Queensland," Qld Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader, said.

"While Sydney and Melbourne get billions for infrastructure, the Turnbull Government is denying Brisbane funding for the much-needed Cross River Rail because Queenslanders have voted against asset sales.

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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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