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NSW and Qld’s environment for sale in Abbott’s one-stop shop for big business

Tony Abbott has reaffirmed his status as an environmental vandal today by inviting state governments to take over federal environment protection responsibilities, with media reports that New South Wales is joining Queensland in signing up.

"Prime Minister Abbott is pushing ahead with his destruction of federal environment protection to leave national icons like the Great Barrier Reef in the hands of his environmentally negligent state cronies," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.

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Abbott and Newman governments sign MOU of environmental destruction

The federal and Queensland governments' new agreement to hand federal environment protection powers to the state government, reported on today, will devastate the state's natural assets, say the Australian Greens.

"So much of Queensland's iconic environment has been deemed to have national significance, like our Great Barrier Reef and our ancient rainforests, and for more than 30 years places like this have had special federal protection," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.

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Abbott will trash Australia's environmental icons

The Australian Greens said Tony Abbott's plan to devolve environment approval powers to the states so he can push through damaging developments is environmentally reckless.

"Tony Abbott is focused on destroying the environment in the fastest possible timeframe by handing over environmental powers to the states in a bid to fast track mining applications," Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne said.

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Greens only party standing up for Straddie

Labor has wasted its opportunity to protect Stradbroke Island from Campbell Newman’s planned sand mining extension and, if prime minister, Tony Abbott is set to give Mr Newman control of Straddie, say the Australian Greens.

“We’re well overdue for federal intervention to stop Campbell Newman from prolonging sand mining  which could irreparably damage Stradbroke Island’s internationally significant wetlands,  ancient sand dunes and old-growth forests,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.

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Labor’s national park review fails to meet protection promise

Labor is all talk and no action on protecting national parks, with today’s announcement for a review about whether or not to protect them, say the Australian Greens.

“After six years in government doing nothing to protect national parks, calling for a review is a pathetic show of inaction from Labor and demonstrates they can’t be trusted on the environment,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.

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Environment Laws that Work

Australia's unique and priceless environment is under threat like never before, from climate change, habitat destruction, pollution and invasive species. Our laws are failing us - only the Greens are fighting for laws that will genuinely protect Australia's precious wild places and species.

The Greens care for our precious species and wild places. We will stand up for strong laws that offer the protection they need to survive this century.

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NSW Senate race key to Abbott's ambition to take axe to environment

The NSW Senate race is key to Abbott's ambition to take an axe to the environment, according to former Greens leader Bob Brown, Greens Senator Larissa Waters and Greens lead NSW Senate candidate Cate Faehrmann.

"The final Senate spot here in NSW is now well and truly a contest between The Greens, and the Shooters or Pauline Hanson," said Greens lead NSW Senate candidate Cate Faehrmann.

"Here in NSW we've seen the Coalition Government team up with the Shooters to threaten our national parks with shooting and leave rural land and water unprotected from coal seam gas.

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Newman Government’s cuts to koala habitat protection driving need for recovery funding

Campbell Newman’s plans to fund koala recovery announced today are needed even more after his government removed the legal protections for koala habitat in the South East corner, where they are at risk of extinction.

“After ditching the koala protections under our town planning laws, it’s no wonder there is more need for koala rehabilitation,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.

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Greens to fund threatened species research, habitat protection and wildlife carers in Tasmania.

Today, at the Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary in Brighton, the Australian Greens announced a costed plan to fund threatened species research, habitat protection and support wildlife carers in Tasmania.

"Across Australia, we're facing an extinction crisis - with more than 20 per cent of our mammal species threatened with extinction," Tasmanian Senator Peter Whish-Wilson said.

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