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Two years on: Abbott government has failed our Pacific island neighbours on global warming

With the Pacific Islands Forum leaders' summit on this week, the Australian Greens are urging the Abbott Government to finally show some regional leadership by acting on global warming and reinstating climate adaptation funding cut from aid.

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

"Our Pacific neighbours know all too well that coal is not good for humanity.

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NAB joins the long line of banks refusing to fund Adani’s Carmichael coal mine

The Australian Greens congratulate NAB for announcing it will not finance Adani's Carmichael coal mine in the Galilee Basin, planned for export through the Great Barrier Reef.

"NAB joins CommBank and 12 international banks in announcing they will not touch this white elephant," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and climate change spokesperson, said.

"Adani's mine is as toxic to investors is as it is to the climate and the Great Barrier Reef.

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Safeguard mechanism will let big polluters keep on polluting without paying

The Abbott Government's carbon pollution safeguard mechanism, reported on today, will allow big businesses, especially mining companies, to keep polluting even more than they do today without facing any penalty.

"The government's so-called safeguard mechanism won't make anyone safer from climate change," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and climate change spokesperson, said.

"In a complete sop to big business, Minister Hunt says the government has no intention of fining any big polluters, making it clear that the mechanism is designed to fail.

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Ipswich City Council’s transition from coal mining gives the city a competitive edge

The Australian Greens congratulate Ipswich City Council for its economically and environmentally responsible decision to transition away from coal mining by not supporting new coal mines or expansions.   

"This forward-thinking decision will make Ipswich, our state's fastest growing city, more liveable and healthy," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader, said.

"It gives Ipswich a competitive edge in embracing 21st Century opportunities in clean energy, agriculture, transport, IT, research and advanced manufacturing.

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Senator Waters on Treasurer Hockey’s comments on Brisbane radio today that the government is “working on” making Adani’s rail line to Abbot Point commercially viable:

"The Abbott Government has failed to rule out pouring taxpayer money into Adani’s unviable project, which no bank will touch, through the $5 billion Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility.

“In their Budget papers, the Palaszczuk Government has flagged that they are considering seeking federal funding for the Galilee rail line on behalf of big coal barons.

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Senator Waters comments on the government's own modelling showing Tony Abbott over-exaggerated the cost of climate action:

Senator Waters comments on the government's own modelling showing Tony Abbott over-exaggerated the cost of climate action:

"You can't trust Tony Abbott, especially when it comes to climate change," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens climate change spokesperson, said.

"The overdue release of the government's modelling late Friday afternoon reveals that Tony Abbott told Australians the cost of a 40 per cent target was more than four times what was actually modelled.

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UCG experiment with Queenslanders’ health, land and water must be stopped

The Queensland Government report that shows underground coal gasification has contaminated prime agricultural land near Chinchilla and reports of investigators becoming sick should spell the end of the industry.

"Governments are using Queensland communities and the prime agricultural land they farm as test bunnies," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader, said.

"It's time to end this toxic experiment with our land, water and people's health that is underground coal gasification and coal seam gas mining alike.

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Abbott Government’s 2030 climate target cements Australia as worst polluter in the world

The Abbott Government's reported 2030 climate target is less than half of what the Climate Change Authority, the government's independent expert body, has recommended as a bare minimum.

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

"This is a weak target from a weak Prime Minister that cements Australia as the worst polluter per capita in the world, trashing our international reputation.   

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Abbott Government must listen to everyday Australians not coal barons when setting climate targets today

The Abbott Government Cabinet needs to listen to the majority of Australians who want climate action in its meeting today to decide on post-2020 targets.

Commenting on the Climate Institute's review of public attitudes, released today, Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and climate change spokesperson, said:

"Not only is Tony Abbott ignoring the science and snubbing the rest of the world, he is completely out of touch with most Australians, who understand climate action means new jobs.  

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Abbott Government’s latest attack on environment protection is about putting coal ahead of renewables

The Australian Greens condemn the Prime Minister's criticism of the Federal Court's decision to uphold federal environment law and overturn the approval of Adani's Carmichael coal mine.

"The Prime Minister's willingness to sideline environmental protection in favour of Adani comes down to his obsession with coal and hatred of renewables," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and climate change spokesperson, said.

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