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Call to give farmers the legal right to refuse fracking

We give notice that on the next day of sitting we shall move that -

The Senate notes:

1.    The concern of communities in South Australia and Western Australia about their land and water being threatened by shale and other unconventional gas mining.

2.    That landholders lack the legal right to refuse shale and other unconventional gas mining on their land.

3.    The scientific uncertainty surrounding the environmental and health implications of hydraulic fracturing ('fracking') for shale and other unconventional gas mining.

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Fixing Abbot Point environmental damage would cost $1 billion

The Australian Greens will introduce a bill to ban offshore dumping in the Great Barrier Reef today, as new research shows the government is effectively subsidising the Abbot Point sludge dumping by $1 billion.

"The government is letting 5 million tonnes of dredging sediment be dumped in the Reef for the big mining companies at Abbot Point," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.

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Clive Palmer, the Reef is not your own personal waste dump

The Australian Greens are alarmed by reports today that Clive Palmer’s nickel refinery is threatening human health and the Great Barrier Reef with massive ponds full of toxic sludge.

“It’s appalling that Clive Palmer is threatening people’s health and our Great Barrier Reef with massive ponds of toxic sludge and that he’s been allowed to get away with it for so long,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.

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Senate Motion: A win for Great Barrier Reef transparency

The Senate notes:

1.    The World Heritage Committee has expressed extreme concern about industrialisation of the Great Barrier Reef coastline, as have Queensland fishers and tourism operators, and the broader Australian community

2.    The federal and Queensland Governments are currently undertaking two strategic assessments which will decide how the Great Barrier Reef's coast will be protected into the future

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Abbott Government risks Reef 'In Danger' listing and tries to hide behind greenwash

The Abbott Government’s State Party report to the World Heritage Committee on the Great Barrier Reef, released over the weekend, is shameless spin and raises concerns that Reef Rescue funding will be decreased, say the Australian Greens.  

“The government is using greenwash and spin to try and distract from the Reef dredging, dumping and shipping that it’s letting the big mining companies get away with,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.  

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Abbott Government set to fail on Reef report due today

The Abbott Government is due to report to the World Heritage Committee today on its shameful treatment of the Great Barrier Reef, in the third State of Conservation Report since the UN expressed "extreme concern" about the Reef.

"The Abbott Government deserves a fail mark on its Reef homework," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.

"Just yesterday, 3 million cubic metres of dredge spoil was approved to be dumped in the Reef's World Heritage waters for the Abbot Point coal terminal expansion.

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Great Barrier Reef Authority lets Reef be treated as a dumping ground

The Australian Greens are outraged by reports today that the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) has allowed dredge spoil dumping in the Reef for the Abbot Point coal port expansion.

The Greens will move for new laws in the federal Parliament to ban offshore dumping in the Great Barrier Reef to protect this World Heritage icon from being treated like a rubbish tip.

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Minister Hunt’s Gladstone Harbour inquiry appears no more than a political witch hunt

The Australian Greens are concerned that the Abbott Government's Gladstone Harbour inquiry will turn into a political witch hunt, following the terms of reference announcement today.

"The Abbott Government's inquiry seems to focus only on the bund wall and doesn't appear to have investigative powers," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.

"Rather than a comprehensive, powerful inquiry, it looks like this will be nothing more than a political witch hunt targeted at former state and federal Labor governments.

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Community and Greens stand together against uncovered coal trains in Griffith

The Australian Greens today stood with Griffith locals against uncovered coal trains passing through the electorate.

Greens candidate for Griffith, Geoff Ebbs, said: "The Cleveland line runs right through Griffith and with multiple coal trains passing through every day with uncovered wagons, this is a major issue for locals.

"According to the CSIRO, more Australians die from particle pollution, like coal dust, than from car crashes each year.

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Abbott Government rips up World Heritage nomination for Cape York

The Abbott Government is doing the bidding of the big mining companies and ignoring Indigenous voices by dropping the Cape York World Heritage nomination, as reported on today, say the Australian Greens.

"Traditional owners were close to agreement on the boundaries of the World Heritage Area, but Tony Abbott would rather give his big mining buddies open slather," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said

"Opening up the Cape to big mining will destroy its environmental values, and flies in the face of what many traditional owners want.

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