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Greens announce new Senate portfolios

The Australian Greens today announced portfolio allocations for their Senators and MPs ahead of the upcoming Federal Election.

Australian Greens Leader Dr Richard Di Natale said a reallocation had occurred as a result of Mehreen Faruqi’s arrival in the Senate yesterday and Larissa Water’s imminent return.

“We’ve got to hold the big parties to account – and the Australian Greens Senate team will fight for the causes that matter to our community,” Dr Di Natale said.

“This new allocation of portfolios will make the most of each of our Senator’s strengths and passions."

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Larissa's work on CSG

The Greens are leading the charge to protect Australia from destructive coal seam gas mining.

We have secured federal protection for Australia's water, but there is still work to do.

The Greens are the only party standing up to the big coal seam gas mining companies who are threatening our precious water, valuable farmland and global climate. The Greens say NO new coal seam gas approvals.

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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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Adani mine belongs in the bin, not the fast track

The Australian Greens say the Queensland Government’s decision to designate the Adani coal mine, railway and water infrastructure as ‘critical infrastructure’ is reckless and shows just how short sighted the Palaszczuk government is.

“Adani’s mega-mine and the dredging at Abbot Point coal port will be a climate disaster and Reef destroyer if they go ahead.” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and environment spokesperson, said.

“Queenslanders will be outraged that a Labor government elected to ‘save the Reef’ is signing its death warrant. 

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Coalition and Labor’s Reef report card FAIL

The Australian and Queensland government’s Reef 2050 plan annual report is a total fail because it ignores the dangerous threat posed by global warming driven by mining and burning of coal and gas. 

Australian Greens Deputy Leader and environment spokesperson Senator Larissa Waters said:

“The Reef Plan report card deserves a total fail for ignoring the impacts of global warming, under-funding water quality measures, and trying to gloss over the failure to reinstate strong land clearing laws.

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Motion - Mining and Adani

I seek leave to amend general business notice of motion No. 19 standing in my name for today, relating to the Adani coalmine. I move the motion as amended:

That the Senate— (a) notes that:

   (i) Australia has committed at the Paris climate talks to keep global warming below 2 degrees, and to pursue efforts to keep global warming below 1.5 degrees,

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Coral scientists’ letter to PM shows need to vote for the Reef on Saturday

With coral reef scientists left to beg the Prime Minister Turnbull to stop putting fossil fuels ahead of the Reef, it's never been more important to vote for the Reef.

"This election falls at a critical time for the survival of our Great Barrier Reef," Qld Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader, said.

"The old parties are ignoring Reef scientists and instead are putting their fossil fuel donors ahead of the Reef and the 69 000 people who rely on the its health for their job.

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Greens call on Labor to commit to an independent environmental watchdog

The Australian Greens call on Labor to commit to establishing an independent environmental watchdog, rather than just saying they will explore options for one, and to commit to reversing funding cuts to environmental regulators.

Qld Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens spokesperson for the environment, said:

"We're glad Labor is moving towards adopting the Greens' long-held positions, but we are calling on Labor to commit to establishing an independent environmental watchdog rather than just saying they will 'explore options'.

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Greens commit to ground-breaking $2 billion fund to fix Reef water quality

The Greens today announced a plan to protect the Great Barrier Reef, including a $2 billion fund and a legal cap on run-off pollution fix water quality, as well as action on global warming and a stronger role for the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.

Greens Deputy Leader Senator Larissa Waters said:

“This is the critical election for the Reef.  Our best scientists are telling us that could lose the Reef within a generation unless we take immediate action on global warming and fixing water quality.  

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