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Abbott Government’s threatened species position lacks teeth

The Abbott Government’s Threatened Species Commissioner announcement today is a fig leaf with no legal backing to try and cover up Tony Abbott’s anti-environment agenda.

“We welcome the appointment of Gregory Andrews as Threatened Species Commissioner and wish him the best with the mammoth task the government is asking him to achieve with insufficient funding and no statutory authority,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.

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Adani’s precarious finances raise doubt over how Abbot Point environmental offsets will be paid for

News of Adani’s precarious financial position in The Financial Review today calls into question how environmental conditions attached to the Abbot Point coal port expansion approval will be funded.

“It’s incredibly concerning that not only do the Abbot Point offsets appear impossible to achieve and are unlikely to be enforced but there might not even be the money to pay for them,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said. 

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Audit report shows big mining companies can get away with flouting environmental conditions

The Auditor General’s report on environmental protection shows the federal environment department is under-resourced and failing to enforce environmental conditions.

“The Abbott Government constantly approves environmentally destructive projects claiming that all of the damage will be offset by environmental conditions, but the report shows those conditions often aren’t enforced,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.

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Third strike on Great Barrier Reef World Heritage ‘In Danger’ warning

The World Heritage Committee has tonight given the Abbott and Newman Governments one more chance to stop destroying the Great Barrier Reef or it will be placed on the World Heritage ‘In Danger' list next year.

"This is the third and probably the final warning from the World Heritage Committee for the future of our Reef," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.

"UNESCO's message to the Abbott Government is clear - this is your last chance to pick up your act and save the Reef from ending up on the ‘In Danger' list next year.

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Senate Inquiry will rally voices against Abbott attacks on the environment

The Australian Greens’ proposal for a Senate Inquiry into Abbott’s attacks on the environment has passed the Senate today.

“Our Senate Inquiry is an opportunity for everyone who cares about our environment to have their say on the way our Prime Minister is taking an axe to it,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said

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Greens welcome another bank’s refusal to finance the Abbot Point coal port

The Australian Greens congratulate the Royal Bank of Scotland on their decision not to finance the Abbot Point coal port expansion, coming just before the World Heritage Committee is due to decide the fate of the Great Barrier Reef.

“The Royal Bank of Scotland joins Deutsche Bank and HSBC in announcing that they will not finance the Abbot Point coal port expansion to make it the world’s biggest coal port in our precious Great Barrier Reef,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson said.

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Abbott Government ignores World Heritage concern just before Great Barrier Reef ‘In Danger’ decision

 The Abbott Government last night passed a bill through the Lower House to hand federal environmental approval powers to the states, ignoring the World Heritage Committee’s concern about this environmentally disastrous plan.

“UNESCO is currently meeting to decide whether to downgrade the Great Barrier Reef’s World Heritage status to ‘In Danger’ and has expressed concern about the Abbott Government’s hasty handover of federal approval powers to the states,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.

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Great Barrier Reef report card ignores World Heritage Committee’s dredging and dumping concerns

The Abbott and Newman governments’ Great Barrier Reef report card out today shows that the good work of farmers reducing their runoff is being undermined by the big mining companies directly dumping sediment into the Reef.

“Despite welcome gains in reducing agricultural runoff, the Reef’s inshore water quality remains poor, which will only get worse with mass dredging and dumping planned for the Reef’s coastline,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.

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Newman Government’s ports strategy an invitation to put Great Barrier Reef on In Danger list

The Newman Government’s Queensland Ports Strategy, released today, is an invitation to the World Heritage Committee to place the Great Barrier Reef on the list of World Heritage Sites ‘In Danger’.

“Jeff Seeney says he’s protecting the Reef, except for here, here, here and here, oh and here,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.

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It’s World Environment Day Tony Abbott – time to put down your axe

On World Environment Day today the Australian Greens announced they will move for a Senate Inquiry into Abbott’s attacks on the environment.

“Tony Abbott has been relentlessly hacking away at our environment protections and climate action, proving he is prepared to sacrifice our children and grandchildren’s future for the profits of the big mining companies,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.

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