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PM dodges coal moratorium question and says coal will relieve energy poverty

The Prime Minister has failed to properly respond to today's admirable call by 61 eminent Australians for an international moratorium on new coal mines to be negotiated at the Paris climate talks.

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

"The group of eminent Australians are calling for an international moratorium on new coal mines and for this to be put on the agenda in Paris.

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Renewables sidelined for coal and gas in Qld Government’s Draft Infrastructure Plan

The Queensland Government's Draft Infrastructure Plan, released today, confirms its obsession with coal and gas and hardly mentions renewable energy.

Qld Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader, said:

"In the election, Labor talked the talk on renewables, promising a 50 per cent renewable energy target.

"But now in government, they've gone silent on renewable energy, which is barely mentioned in the draft infrastructure plan.

"Queenslanders are sick of waiting for Labor to come good on their clean energy promises.

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Labor will face tough questions on coal during Pacific visit

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.   

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Turnbull’s climate targets no match for looming ice sheet collapse

With new research showing the Antarctic ice sheets are dangerously close to collapse,  the Australian Greens are urging the Turnbull Government to dramatically increase its Abbott-era climate pollution targets.

"The world is at a crucial moment - Paris is critical to our survival," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens climate change spokesperson, said.

"The science clearly shows we must steeply reduce climate pollution within a decade to keep warming within 2 degrees, preventing metres of sea level rise that would continue for thousands of years.

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Yet another report shows Turnbull needs to dump Abbott’s climate policies

Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and climate change spokesperson, comments on PWC's Low Carbon Economy Index report, out today:

"This is yet another report showing that the Turnbull Government's current climate policies won't meet its grossly inadequate 2030 pollution target.

"The report finds 'a step change in climate policy' will be required 'in the short term to achieve this goal'.

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PM Turnbull should have dumped – not appointed – Wind Farm Commissioner

The Australian Greens say today's appointment of a Wind Farm Commissioner is a sign that Malcolm Turnbull will continue to pander to those in the Coalition who are intent on sending Australia backwards.

"Prime Minister Turnbull has wasted another opportunity to show he's any different to Tony Abbott. Australians don't need a wind farm commissioner, we need a plan to transition away from coal," said Greens Leader Richard Di Natale.

"This is one of the tin-foil-hat wearing relics of the Abbott age."

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Climate wrecker title looms for Turnbull as draft Paris agreement released

With the release of the draft agreement for the Paris climate talks today, Malcolm Turnbull needs to boost our climate pollution reduction targets or else go down in history as a climate wrecker.

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

"Malcolm Turnbull needs to go to Paris with targets based on science not Tony Abbott's targets based on climate denialism.  

"Malcolm Turnbull says he won't change Tony Abbott's targets and he has signed a deal with the Nationals to keep Australia's targets stuck in the past.

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ANZ’s climate statement shows need for leadership from Turnbull Government

The Australian Greens acknowledge ANZ's commitments in its climate change statement released today, but urge ANZ and other banks to stop financing new coal mines and new coal power plants.

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

"ANZ and AGL say they want to keep global warming within 2 degrees and are taking some action but the Turnbull Government's climate policies are failing dismally to meet that goal.

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Thank you Bernie Fraser for putting up with climate-sceptic government for so long

The Australian Greens thank Bernie Fraser for his valuable contribution to saving our way of life and environment from global warming, as Chair of the Climate Change Authority, following his resignation last night.

Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and climate change spokesperson, who will submit the below motion to the Senate today for a vote tomorrow, said:

"Mr Fraser has tolerated a government that has completely ignored the Climate Change Authority's evidence-based advice and even attempted to abolish the Authority.

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Senator Larissa Waters comments on reports that Prime Minister Abbott may be asked to leave the Pacific Islands Forum or face a walkout by other leaders:

"Tony Abbott should feel deeply ashamed when he is at the Pacific Islands Forum this week," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and climate change spokesperson, said.

"Pacific nations want Australia to be a leader, not a laggard, on climate action.

"Australia is the biggest polluter per capita and Tony Abbott's plan is to keep it that way. Tony Abbott is even letting companies, especially mining companies, increase their pollution without any penalty.

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