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Call for shark cull no solution

Calls for mass shark culls by conservative politicians would be an ineffective and irresponsible response to recent attacks in Queensland, according to the Australian Greens.

Queensland Senator Larissa Waters said a calm and sensible approach is needed and welcomed tomorrow’s roundtable on the issue in Airlie Beach.

“Our hearts go out to the families affected by recent shark attacks, but calls for mass shark culls are irresponsible, won’t work, and would not be supported by a majority of Queenslanders,” Senator Waters said.

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Toondah Harbour statement

Queensland Greens statement on the Toondah Harbour project

The Queensland Greens reject the proposal by Walker Group to develop the Toondah Harbour area. The project has undergone a number of iterations and the current proposal is for a marina and apartment development including 3600 dwellings, and a new ferry terminal.

The reasons for rejecting this proposal are overwhelming:

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The environment part of the budget is missing

The Liberals are screwing over the next generation by leaving clean energy and the environment out of the budget, says Senator Larissa Waters, deputy leader of the Australian Greens and environment spokesperson.

“The Liberals are handing out $80 million for gas including $60 million for more fracking.”

“Eighty-eight per cent of ‘environment’ spending is for more gas and fracking, and there is almost nothing in the Budget for clean energy.

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Reef progress still Miles away: water quality Report Card

The Great Barrier Reef report card released today shows virtually no improvement on water quality over the past year, as water quality initiatives continue to be drastically under-funded, say the Australian Greens.

“Today’s report card is a fail on Reef water quality, after this year’s earlier fail on climate with 22% of corals dead from the Reef’s worst ever coral bleaching,” said Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and environment spokesperson.

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CSIRO to face questions in Estimates on new report about potentially corrupting fracking industry influence

The Australian Greens will question the CSIRO in Senate Estimates today over revelations in the report released today revealing potential conflicts of interest relating to crucial climate, environmental and social research within the CSIRO’s industry-funded Gas Industry Social and Environmental Research Alliance (GISERA). 

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

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