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Labor will face tough questions on coal during Pacific visit

Media Release
Larissa Waters 25 Oct 2015

In his visit to low-lying Pacific nations this week, Bill Shorten must listen to these nations' calls for a moratorium on new coal mines and withdraw Labor's support for the Adani coal mine. 

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

"Low-lying Pacific nations, including nations Mr Shorten is visiting, are urging a moratorium on new Australian coal mines.   

"But Labor is a big supporter of new coal mines, even what would become the Southern Hemisphere's largest coal mine - Adani's Carmichael mine in the Galilee Basin.  

"If the Galilee Basin was a country and all its coal was burnt, it would be the world's sixth largest emitter of carbon dioxide, which would wreak havoc in the Pacific. 

"Saying you want action on climate change and then ignoring coal exports, is like taking one step forward and a giant leap backwards," Senator Waters said. 

 

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