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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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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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Most Australians agree with the Greens against taxpayer handouts for big fossil fuel companies

Most Australians (58.9%) believe the government spends too much on fossil fuel subsidies, according to a national ReachTEL poll out today, and the Australian Greens firmly agree with them.  

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

"The Government is spending billions of dollar a year in tax breaks and cheap fuel for big mining companies, while leaving our health and education systems starved of funding.

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Turnbull Government ensuring the clean energy projects announced today among the last of their kind

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency projects announced by the Turnbull Government today would likely not be eligible for funding under the Turnbull Government's proposed changes.

Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and climate change spokesperson, said the Turnbull Government had announced an end to ARENA's grants program which is critical for R&D. 

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