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Palaszczuk Government’s support for hundreds more CSG wells in Qld is reckless

QGC's announcement today of an extra 300 to 400 coal seam gas wells near Wandoan puts Queensland's land, water, Great Barrier Reef and climate at risk.

"The Palaszczuk Government's enthusiastic support for hundreds more CSG wells in Queensland is short-sighted and reckless," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens mining spokesperson, said.

"Wandoan is some of Queensland's best grain growing country and CSG wells here will just put more strain on Queensland's farmers.

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Turnbull continues Abbott-style obstruction of international climate action

The Turnbull Government has confirmed its opposition to a proposal by Japan and the US to cut international fossil fuel subsidies, by voting against a Greens Senate motion which was today narrowly defeated 30 votes to 30.

 "The Turnbull Government has today made clear that it is pushing ahead with Abbott-style obstruction of international climate action," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and climate change spokesperson, said.  

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Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility draft criteria ignore cultural, environmental and social impacts

The Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility criteria, released by the Turnbull Government today, fail to rule out the $5 billion facility becoming a slush fund for big mining companies.

Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and mining spokesperson, said the draft criteria do not consider environmental, cultural or social impacts.

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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.

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Evidence Linc Energy told workers to eat yoghurt to endure pollution is startling

Evidence in the Dalby Magistrates Court that Linc Energy workers were told to eat yoghurt to stop the burning effects of pollution from its coal gasification project on the Darling Downs is outrageous.

"This is an absolute disgrace," Qld Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader said.

"How outrageous that Linc Energy allegedly knowingly put their workers' health at risk and that of people in the surrounding community.

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Farmers shouldn’t have to go to court to protect water from coal

The Australian Greens congratulate Bruce Currie, Galilee Basin grazier, for standing up for his water and livelihood by legally challenging the Kevin's Corner coal mine.

"It's a disgrace that Mr Currie has to go to court to protect his water and livelihood," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and climate change spokesperson, said.

"The Turnbull and Palaszczuk governments are giving big mining companies priority over Queensland's precious groundwater, even though we're in drought.

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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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More coal workers set to lose their jobs but the big parties have no plan for their futures

With Glencore foreshadowing coal mine closures and Alinta set to shut a coal mine and coal-fired power stations in South Australia, the Australian Greens are calling on the big parties to provide alternatives for coal workers.

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

"The Greens have set out a plan to urgently secure the funding for mine rehabilitation jobs for coal workers, and we have announced an ambitious science-driven target of 90% clean energy by 2030.

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