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Abbot Point gas a risky pipedream

Plans for the Abbot Point Coal Terminal to also become a port for LNG export, reported today, are economically unviable and risky for the Reef, say the Australian Greens.

"Minister Hunt must refuse this damaging and ridiculous application as ‘clearly unacceptable' under our federal environmental laws," Australian Greens environment spokesperson, Senator Larissa Waters said.

"The last thing the Reef needs is more damaging dredging, when the World Heritage Committee has warned it could place the Reef on its list of Sites in Danger.

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Greens urge Newman to put the climate before coal

The Australian Greens are calling on the Queensland Environment Minister to put the climate ahead of Gina Rinehart and GVK's Alpha coal mine after the Land Court's decision today.

"Despite finding the mine will have real and "of concern" climate impacts, the court's decision proves that it's high time we change our environmental laws so that this kind of climate destruction cannot be given the green light," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens mining spokesperson, said.

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Environment Department under attack

Reports today that the Federal Department of the Environment is planning to cut a further 500 jobs over the next 3 years is extremely worrying, say the Australian Greens.

"Slashing 500 more jobs from the Environment Department after last year's cuts of almost 200 jobs means up to 700 fewer people to protect Australia's environment, which is exactly what Abbott wants," said Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson.

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Submissions nearly due for the Greens’ environmental offsets Senate Inquiry

Public submissions into the Greens-initiated Senate Inquiry on environmental offsets close on Friday.

“There’s a lot of community and scientific interest in this inquiry, with many Australians outraged that environmental offsets are being used as a tick and flick for destructive developments,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.

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Abbott’s ‘one-stop-shop’ environment standards gut protection and community consultation rights

The Abbott Government's 'one-stop-shop' environmental standards, released today, weaken community consultation rights and abandon federal environmental responsibilities, say the Australian Greens.

"Not only does the Abbott Government want to wash its hands of federal environment protection but it's trying to silence the community in the process," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson and environmental lawyer, said.

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Abbott Government delays making Abbot Point information public

The Abbott Government has today delayed making information public about whether the Environment Minister was aware of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority’s internal warnings against approving the Abbot Point coal port expansion.

“The Greens’ request for this information was supported by the Senate and yet the Abbott Government, in its usual secretive style, has put off revealing the truth,” Senator Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.

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Greens establish Senate Inquiry into management of Great Barrier Reef

The Senate has passed the Greens’ proposal for a Senate Inquiry into the management of the Great Barrier Reef today.

“Our Great Barrier Reef is under more pressure than ever before with an onslaught of mining industrialisation and our inquiry will get all of the impacts out into the open,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.

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Greens move for Senate Inquiry on Great Barrier Reef

The Australian Greens are moving for a Senate Inquiry into the management of the Great Barrier Reef and are calling on the other parties to support the inquiry.

“Our inquiry would examine whether the mounting threats to the Reef are being properly managed or whether pressure from the mining industry, driving the unprecedented industrialisation, will see the Reef’s demise,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.

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