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George Christensen’s statement labelling environmentalists as terrorists is reprehensible

 The Australian Greens condemn George Christensen’s statement labelling people who care about the Great Barrier Reef as terrorists.

“Mr Christensen is referring to people who oppose the industrialisation of the Great Barrier Reef as terrorists and in the current climate that is utterly unacceptable, wrong and incredibly dangerous and irresponsible,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.

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Abbott Government’s energy paper focusses on fossil fuels while the world calls for renewables

The Abbott Government’s Green Paper on energy, released today, clings to last century’s ideas by focussing on fossil fuels, while the world calls for action on climate change, say the Australian Greens.

“Just as world leaders are to meet in New York for the climate summit, with our Prime Minister notably absent, the Abbott Government is flying in the face of international calls for renewable energy with this paper focussed on fossil fuels,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.

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Greens giving Queenslanders the power with a state Renewable Energy Target

Queensland Senator Larissa Waters and Queensland Greens energy spokesperson Scott Thomson today launched the Greens’ policy for a Queensland Renewable Energy Target (RET), at the Brisbane Climate Action Rally. 

“We need a Queensland RET to ensure that the great take up of renewable energy in our Sunshine State continues, regardless of Tony Abbott’s attacks,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said. 

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Minister Macfarlane’s gas push risks land, water and communities

The Australian Greens condemn the Abbott Government’s Energy Minister Ian Macfarlane’s push to “flood the market” with gas, including by trying to bully NSW into developing its own coal seam gas fields and the NT and SA into dangerous fracking and mega pipelines, as reported today.

“Communities are being forced to protect their land and water from gas through protest but the Abbott Government is ignoring them and instead pushing for even more fracked gas,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.

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Newman Government’s uranium push threatens economy, health, environment and ultimately the Great Barrier Reef

The Newman Government’s new framework for uranium mining makes no economic or environmental sense and threatens the health of Queenslanders.

“The uranium price has been in free fall since 2007 and governments around the world are shutting down nuclear power stations,” Australian Greens Senator for Queensland Larissa Waters said.

"As well as making no economic sense, uranium mining is bad for the health of mine workers, as well as residents near mines and on uranium transport routes.

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Abbott Government approves Australia’s biggest coal mine to cook the planet and ruin the Reef

The Abbott Government’s approval of Adani’s Carmichael coal mine in the Galilee Basin, to export through the Great Barrier Reef, is an environmental and climate disaster.

“Off the back of repealing effective action on climate change, the Abbott Government has ticked off on a proposal for Australia’s biggest coal mine to cook the planet and turn our Reef into a super highway for coal ships,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.

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Queensland gives away billions to the big mining companies while tourism and agriculture suffer the consequences

The Queensland Government subsidises the mining industry with billions of dollars more than any other state, according to a report by The Australia Institute out today.   

“Since 2008-09, the Queensland Government has given away $9.5 billion to the big mining companies, while that period Campbell Newman has sacked thousands of public servants claiming he didn’t have the money to keep them on,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens mining spokesperson, said.

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Even QRC says coal struggling but Abbott and Newman continue to prioritise over agriculture and Reef tourism

Even though a quarter of Queensland coal output is being produced at a loss, as reported today, the Abbott and Newman governments are continuing to prioritise coal over our Great Barrier Reef, climate, water supplies, agriculture and tourism.

“Figures from the Queensland Resources Council show that a quarter of Queensland coal export is being produced at a loss,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens mining spokesperson, said.

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Deutsche Bank won’t invest in the Great Barrier Reef’s destruction at Abbot Point

The Australian Greens warmly welcome the decision by Deutsche Bank overnight not to finance the Abbot Point coal port expansion, given the World Heritage Committee’s concerns about the Great Barrier Reef.

“The big names are all pulling out of Abbot Point – Deutsche Bank’s decision not to have anything to do with this Reef-destroying project, follows BHP, Rio Tinto, Anglo American and Lend Lease all getting out,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens mining spokesperson, said.

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