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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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Cape Grim and poll finding global warming a vote-changer show old parties ignoring science and community

Confirmation from Cape Grim that atmospheric carbon dioxide has reached 400 parts per million and another poll showing Australians want action on global warming show the old parties are out of touch with the science and the community.

"Reaching this dangerous threshold of carbon pollution in the atmosphere, the highest in human existence, must act as a global wake-up call," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens climate change spokesperson, said.

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Budget fails the Great Barrier Reef and clean energy, while further propping up fossil fuels

The Liberals' budget fails the environment and the Great Barrier Reef, cuts billions from clean energy and tops up the billions in hand outs to the fossil fuel industry with another $100 million.

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

"Our Reef is suffering record coral bleaching driven by global warming but the Liberals are ripping out a billion dollars from clean energy, and funding for work on Reef water quality comes from cutting Landcare.

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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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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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