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Big miners’ G20 coal push threatens our Pacific neighbours

The Australian Greens are alarmed by reports today that mining giants are urging the Abbott Government to push coal on developing countries through Australia’s presidency of the G20.

“The Mineral Council’s audacity in claiming coal will help people in developing countries is outrageous,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens mining spokesperson, said.

“Australia’s mega coal exports threaten our Pacific neighbours with extreme weather and sweeping devastation from rising sea levels.

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Greens leader launches Griffith candidate

Australian Greens Leader Christine Milne today launched the Greens candidate for the Griffith by-election, Geoff Ebbs, saying the by-election would be a test of Prime Minister Tony Abbott's leadership and his secretive government.

"Despite his secretive government, Tony Abbott's true agenda of driving harsh budget cuts and environmental vandalism at the reef and in our forests has been exposed," Senator Milne said.

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Abbott must not allow Reef destruction for coal port that industry doesn’t even need


 The Abbott Government must not approve the Abbot Point coal port expansion in the Great Barrier Reef, with reports today that low coal prices could mean the industry won’t need it anyway, say the Australian Greens.

“Industry is pulling out of the Galilee Basin because the world doesn’t want to buy our climate-destroying coal,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens mining spokesperson, said.

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Statement on the Environmental Protection Order issued to Clive Palmer’s Waratah Coal yesterday for not complying with its environmental duty at the China First coal mine project in the Galilee Basin:

“It’s incredibly alarming to see a mining magnate with considerable weight in federal Parliament breaking state environmental law,” Senator Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.

“Clive Palmer is threatening precious water supplies in the Galilee Basin with hundreds of coal drill holes on private properties.

“If Mr Palmer’s China First mega coal mine is approved federally, he will also threaten our climate and Great Barrier Reef.

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Abbott and Newman ignore market with coal at all costs agenda

The Abbott and Newman Governments are ignoring dwindling global coal demand and the oversupply of ports in Queensland in their push for mega coal mining in the Galilee Basin with export through the Great Barrier Reef.

"The Abbott and Newman governments are insanely pushing ahead with their industrialisation of the Great Barrier Reef, even though the market reality is that more coal ports for the Reef aren't wanted or needed," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.

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NSW CSG protection a win for community campaigners

The Australian Greens today congratulated the community campaign against coal seam gas that has delivered CSG exclusion zones for towns in New South Wales.

“This is a win for some of the passionate communities of New South Wales who have locked the gate to the big mining companies threatening to ruin their land, water and livelihoods with coal seam gas,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens mining spokesperson, said.

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Polls show CSG opposition that Abbott can’t ignore

Polls out today show strong community opposition to CSG in New South Wales and the Abbott Government needs to start listening, say the Australian Greens.

"According to Lock the Gate's poll, 84% of NSW respondents support a ban on CSG on productive agricultural land and 74% want a ban on fracking, while a Newspoll in The Australian today shows 56% of NSW and ACT respondents are against CSG altogether," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens mining spokesperson, said.

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CSG protection can’t be sold in Abbott’s one-stop shop thanks to Greens’ safeguard

The Abbott Government can't hand over federal powers to refuse coal seam gas proposals that risk our water to the states, as Minister Macfarlane claimed today.

"The Greens and the rural independents worked together in the last Parliament to Abbott proof federal legislation to protect water from coal seam gas," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens mining spokesperson, said.

"Minister Macfarlane and the big mining companies want to see this federal protection in the hands of the very state premiers who have let this dangerous industry run rampant.

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Government’s gas push defies science and ignores community

The Australian Greens today warned the Abbott Government against ignoring science and the community, by expanding coal seam gas at all costs, instead of embracing renewable energy.

"It's reckless and short sighted for Mr Macfarlane to demand that ‘every molecule of gas that can come out of the ground does so' when the National Water Commission has warned CSG risks our water supplies, which underpin our agricultural industry," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens mining spokesperson, said.

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Labor fails to knock back Abbot Point dredging and dumping

Larissa Waters 9 Aug 2013

Labor has today failed to knock back the Abbot Point coal port expansion proposal to dump millions of cubic metres of dredge spoil on the Great Barrier Reef, say the Australian Greens.

“The Reef didn’t need another deferral from Labor today – this threat needed to be ruled out once and for all,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.

“The Reef must not be used as a dump ground for the big mining companies.

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