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Liberal and Labor parties gang up to gut Renewable Energy Target and burn native forests

The Liberal and Labor parties have ganged up to gut the Renewable Energy Target and allow native forest burning under that target in the Senate tonight.

Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and climate change spokesperson, said the government had also done a deal with the anti-wind crossbenchers to attack the wind industry.

"Ganging up with Labor to slash the Renewable Energy Target and allow it to burn native forests just wasn't enough for Tony Abbott.

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Senate Inquiry report recommends Abbott Government reverse completely de-funding Environmental Defenders Offices

The Senate Inquiry into the Abbott Government's attacks on the environment has reported this afternoon with recommendations to reinstate funding for Environmental Defenders' Offices and conservation projects.

In Additional Comments, the Australian Greens recommended the government abandon its ideological attack on the deductible gift recipient status of environment organisations.

The Greens also recommended the Abbott Government remove its gag clauses in funding agreements with environment organisations.

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Healthier climate means healthier people: Lancet

The Australian Greens have welcomed a report in The Lancet medical journal, which highlights the huge opportunity to improve public health through action on global warming.

"Cutting pollution won't just maintain the status quo - it will make our entire population more healthy, which means more productive and more prosperous," said Greens Leader Dr Richard Di Natale.

"People get overwhelmed by the climate change doomsday scenarios, but we need pay more attention to all the ways we can make life better if we do cut pollution.

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Abbott Government busted with hot air on wind

The Abbott Government denied its deal with the anti-wind crossbenchers to undermine renewable energy in Senate Question Time today, even though proof of the deal had been published by media.

"The government simply answered ‘no' when I asked whether it could confirm it had stitched up a deal with the crossbench to restrict wind farms," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and climate spokesperson, said.

"But a draft letter on Minister Hunt's letterhead had been published in the media about 15 minutes before proving there was in fact a deal being made.

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Greens move for Senate Inquiry into fossil fuel influence over politics

The Australian Greens will move for a Senate Inquiry into the fossil fuel industry's influence over politics, as the House of Representatives inquiry hearings into removing tax deductibility from environment groups begin today.

Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and climate and environment spokesperson, who will lodge Terms of Reference for the Inquiry in the Senate today, said:

"The Abbott Government is out to destroy the environment and those who seek to protect it, on behalf of its big fossil fuel industry mates.

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Abbott’s not-so-secret goal? To destroy renewables

Tony Abbott has admitted today that the intention of his deal with Labor to slash our Renewable Energy Target was not to give clean energy certainty but to destroy the industry.

"Tony Abbott has jeopardised any certainty that his deal with Labor was supposed to provide when he, quite literally, spelt out that his goal was to 'R-E-D-U-C-E' clean energy," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Acting Leader and climate spokesperson, said.

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