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Minister Hunt to put fox in charge of the henhouse

The Abbott Government is prepared to give state governments the power to approve their own development projects under national environment law without federal approval, despite earlier commitments to the contrary, Senate Estimates have revealed today under questioning from the Australian Greens.

"Giving state governments the final say on whether their own major infrastructure projects go ahead, despite the environmental impacts, will leave the fox in charge of the henhouse," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.

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Abbott Government eroding threatened species protection

The Australian Greens today condemned the Abbott Government's proposed changes to environment law that remove community rights to challenge development approvals that ignore expert advice on threatened species impacts.

"With this damaging amendment, the Environment Minister could tick off on major developments without considering expert advice on threatened species impacts and the community would have no power to hold the government to account in court," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.

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Abbott slashes NSW national environment protection

The Abbott and O'Farrell governments' one-stop-shop agreement, signed today, would effectively gut national environment protection in New South Wales, say the Australian Greens.

"New South Wales' most precious natural places and wildlife are next up for sale in Tony Abbott's planned one-stop shop for big business run by environmentally negligent state premiers," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.

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Abbott and Newman ignore market with coal at all costs agenda

The Abbott and Newman Governments are ignoring dwindling global coal demand and the oversupply of ports in Queensland in their push for mega coal mining in the Galilee Basin with export through the Great Barrier Reef.

"The Abbott and Newman governments are insanely pushing ahead with their industrialisation of the Great Barrier Reef, even though the market reality is that more coal ports for the Reef aren't wanted or needed," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.

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Comment on Mineral’s Councils plans to gut EIA

Commenting on the Mineral Council's plans to replace field studies with pre-done desktop research to fast-track the environmental impact assessment process, Australian Greens environment spokesperson and environmental lawyer, Senator Larissa Waters said:

"The Minerals Council is seeking to take advantage of Prime Minister Abbott's disdain for science, with today's proposal to reduce on-ground environmental research for big projects that threaten our precious places and species.

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More secret environment job cuts show Newman can’t be trusted with federal environmental responsibilities

Reports today that koala experts and conservation advisors have been axed from Queensland's environment department by the Newman Government are an outrage and show he cannot be trusted with federal environmental responsibilities, say the Australian Greens.

"Slashing 30 more jobs from Queensland's environment department after last year's cuts of 220 jobs means 250 fewer people to protect Queensland's environment, which is exactly what Premier Newman wants - open slather for the big miners," said Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson.

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Abbott and Newman’s dodgy environment deal

Prime Minister Abbott has started eroding Queensland’s environmental protection today by signing off on a deal to put Premier Newman in charge of our most precious places and species.

“To the delight of their big business buddies, two of Australia’s worst environmental vandals have today struck a deal to start unwinding thirty years’ worth of protection for Queensland’s nationally significant environmental icons,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.

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Newman Government locks in decades more destructive sand mining on Straddie

The Newman Government has today ignored environmental concerns and the opposition of Traditional Owners by introducing legislation to extend sand mining on North Stradbroke Island until as late as 2040.

"Despite serious environmental impacts and pleas from traditional owners for the mining to stop, Campbell Newman is extending sand mining on Straddie until up to 2040 for the very mining company that helped to pay for the election campaign that saw him become premier," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.

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