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Turnbull Government repeats Abbott’s trick in gutting the board of the Renewable Energy Agency

The Liberal Government is trying to stifle the independence of the Australian Renewable Energy Agency by neglecting to appoint new board members leaving the Environment Department Secretary as the only director, who has quorum.  

"The Turnbull Government is repeating Tony Abbott's old tricks," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and climate change spokesperson, said.

"This one is straight out of Abbott's playbook - he did exactly the same thing in 2014.

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Greens call on Labor not water down its moderate climate ambition

The Australian Greens are concerned Labor is using consultations with business as an excuse to water down its climate pollution reduction targets. 

"There's no arguing with the science, which is clear on the need for deep pollution cuts to avoid catastrophic global warming and economic shocks," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and climate change spokesperson, said.

"Labor's current draft target for 2030 is at the bottom of the range proposed by the Climate Change Authority for a two-thirds chance of avoiding 2 degrees warming

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Hunt backs Abbot (Point)

The Australian Greens condemn Minister Hunt's approval of the Queensland Labor Government's plan for a massive coal port in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area at Abbot Point.

"Minister Hunt's dangerous decision is bad news for our Reef, jobs and the climate," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens climate change spokesperson, said.

"The damage ticked off on today includes dredging 1.1 million cubic metres of the Reef floor which will mobilise about 10,000 tonnes of fine sediment, smothering seagrass habitat for dugongs and turtles.

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Company logos don’t belong on our Great Barrier Reef

The Australian Greens condemn the Liberal Government's plan to allow companies to brand the Great Barrier Reef.

Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens climate change spokesperson, said: "What's next, naming rights, like for football stadiums?

"While private donations for Reef protection are welcome they shouldn't be in exchange for advertising rights and they must be on top of adequate public funding, not in place of it.

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Environment, climate change and the Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook

Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens climate change and environment spokesperson, comments on the Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook:

"The Liberal Government is cutting climate and environment programs but keeping the spurious Wind Farm Commissioner.

"The outlook confirms the Renewable Energy Agency and the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, which makes money for taxpayers, are still on the chopping block, despite the government's talk about innovation.

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Rhetoric about clean energy in Townsville needs to be backed up

The Palaszczuk Government needs to back up its rhetoric about the merged Energex and Ergon business using clean energy technology in Townsville.

"Queensland can be a  renewable energy powerhouse and Townsville has the potential to lead the nation in baseload solar power," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens climate change spokesperson, said.

"Townsville is connected to the National Electricity Market and has outstanding capacity for solar energy with abundant sunshine above the threshold typically required to solar thermal power stations, even during winter.   

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Qld budget review ignores economic reality to predict increase in coal royalties

The Palaszczuk Government's budget review is deluded in predicting coal royalties will return to levels only seen at height of the mining boom.

"The Palaszczuk Government is deluded for thinking it can bank on coal into the future," Senator Larissa Waters Australian Greens climate change spokesperson, said.

The budget review forecasts $2.4 billion in coal royalties in 2018-19 - the same amount collected in 2011-12.

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