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Australian Greens ready for the climate change election

Australian Greens Leader Senator Richard Di Natale has welcomed the official start of the election campaign, declaring that the party has never been better equipped to offer a progressive alternative to the old parties. 
 
“We’re ready. On May 18, we’ll give the Australian people a genuine alternative to the old parties, one that offers a positive plan for Australia that will create a better future for all of us,” Sen. Di Natale said.
 

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Old parties plan to buddy up to cut $1 billion of clean energy funding as soon as Parliament returns

The Greens condemn the Turnbull Government plan, announced today, to rip more than $1 billion from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency as soon as Parliament returns and Labor's failure this morning to rule out passing the cut. 

On RN Breakfast this morning, Chris Bowen refused to commit Labor to blocking the gutting of ARENA. 

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

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Qld Labor must release reported bid for federal funding of Adani coal railway to devastate the Reef

The Greens are calling on the Palaszczuk Government to release its reported funding application to the federal Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility to pay for Adani's railway line.

"Instead of being miles better for the Reef as promised, Labor appears to be seeking taxpayer funding for miles of railway line to export coal through the Reef," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens climate change spokesperson, said.

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Australian Greens stand with Australian leaders calling for emergency action on global warming

The Australian Greens have backed a statement by 24 prominent Australians calling for "emergency-scale action" on dangerous global warming.

Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Senator Larissa Waters said, "We are running out of time to save our Great Barrier Reef, protect our rural communities, safeguard our way of life and avert a global warming catastrophe.

"Dangerous global warming is not just an environmental issue. It threatens our children's future and it's unfolding before our eyes.

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Turnbull rebadges existing clean energy funding, while cutting $1.3 billion and giving fossil fuel donors a leg up

The Government's announcement today of $100 million per year for green cities taken from Clean Energy Finance Corporation, is its third attempt to rebadge existing CEFC funding while cutting $1.3 billion from ARENA and leaving fossil fuel subsidies untouched. 

Greens Sustainable Cities spokesperson, Scott Ludlam, said:

"Green cities are a massive opportunity, not a cheap slogan. The Greens will continue to work for cleaner and more energy efficient neighbourhoods without the senseless sting in the tail that Mr Turnbull is inflicting today."

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Cutting money from clean energy and approving coal mines is not a plan to save the Reef

The Turnbull Government's $1 billion Reef Fund is effectively a cut from the Clean Energy Finance Corporation and is undermined by the Adani coal mine. 

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

"This is a sneaky attempt by the Turnbull Government to try to distract from the damage it is doing to the Reef by approving coal mines to export out through the Reef and cook its corals.  

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Labor must rule out $5 billion Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility going to fossil fuel projects

The Australian Greens are calling on Labor to rule out funding fossil fuel projects from the $5 billion Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility.

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

“While Labor is putting aside a fifth of the fund for tourism, it hasn’t ruled out the other $4 billion of taxpayer money going to fossil fuel projects.

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Labor’s Reef policy fails on coral bleaching, just as the Coalition’s does

Labor's Great Barrier Reef water quality policy announced today fails to deal with the real cause of coral bleaching - the mining and burning of coal - does not provide enough funding, and dodges the tough issues like a cap on water pollution.

Scientists have today reported that coral bleaching has killed more than one third of coral reefs in the central and northern regions of the Great Barrier Reef.  

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

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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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