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Abbott Government’s Great Barrier Reef dumping regulations don’t stop Gladstone or Townsville dumping

Reports that the federal Environment Minister will today announce regulations for a ban on dumping in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park follow sustained community protest to Reef dumping.

"Thanks to years of passionate protest from the community and the Greens, the federal and state governments are finally accepting that our Reef should not be a dumping ground," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.

"However, this federal ban only applies to the Marine Park, not the larger World Heritage Area.

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Greens call for ASIC to investigate murky ownership arrangements of Abbot Point and Carmichael projects

The Australian Greens are calling on the Australian Securities and Investments Commission to investigate the ownership of the Abbot Point coal port and Carmichael coal mine projects.

"I've written to ASIC seeking an urgent investigation into which entity owns these massive projects threatening our Reef and climate," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.

"Media revelations have exposed inconsistencies in Adani's reporting of its ownership structure to regulators in India and Australia.

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Palaszczuk Government treating Great Barrier Reef as coal highway

The Palaszczuk Government's announcement today that it will press on with the Abbot Point coal port expansion is bad news for the Great Barrier Reef and the jobs its supports.

"While we welcome that the dredge spoil will not be dumped in the Reef's waters or wetlands, the dredging, shipping and climate impacts of building the world's largest coal port in this World Heritage Area remain," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.

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Senator Waters' comments on revelations that the Abbott Government is paying for international journalists to visit the Great Barrier Reef in a misguided attempt to influence the World Heritage Committee's decision on an 'In Danger' listing.

Senator Waters' comments on revelations that the Abbott Government is paying for international journalists to visit the Great Barrier Reef in a misguided attempt to influence the World Heritage Committee's decision on an 'In Danger' listing.

The journalists are from countries that are members of the World Heritage Committee and the program for the visit includes interviews with government, business and industry.

"Sneaky lobbying tactics are not what the Reef needs," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.

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Qld Government changes to Reef Plan full of holes

The Palaszczuk Government’s list of proposed changes to the long-term Reef 2050 plan, announced today, contains glaring omissions, which must be fixed before the plan goes to the World Heritage Committee.

“While we welcome the steps forward in Queensland’s Reef policy, the Palaszczuk Government’s support for the Galilee Basin mega mines exporting mountains of coal through the Reef puts the Reef under even greater climate stress.

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Greens call for cash-for-container scheme to reduce Qld litter ahead of Clean Up Australia Day

 

With Clean Up Australia Day on tomorrow, the Australian Greens are calling for the new Queensland Government to create a cash-for-container scheme.

“It’s excellent that so many Queenslanders will be out cleaning up their local parks, streets, bushland and waterways for Clean Up Australia Day,” Australian Greens Senator for Queensland, Larissa Waters, said.

“Wouldn’t it be great if we could support volunteers’ clean up efforts by reducing litter in the first place?

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Greens’ negotiations deliver science-based threatened species protection and $300 000 in turtle hospital funding

The Australian Greens are proud to have stopped the Abbott Government’s plan to water down threatened species protection while also securing $300 000 in government funding for a Great Barrier Reef turtle hospital.

“In the Senate today, the Greens defeated the Abbott Government’s plans to ignore expert advice on threatened species,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.

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Senate to vote on investigation into Adani’s ownership and tax arrangements for Abbot Point port and Carmichael mine

The Australian Greens are putting a motion to the Senate for vote on Wednesday calling on the federal government to urgently investigate the ownership of the Abbot Point coal terminal and Carmichael mine projects.

“For all Minister Hunt knows it could be Mickey Mouse who is building the world’s largest coal port in the Great Barrier Reef,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.

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Abbott Government’s report to the World Heritage Committee on Great Barrier Reef fails to allay committee’s concerns

The Abbott Government has failed to address the World Heritage Committee’s key concerns about the Great Barrier Reef, in its report to the committee, made public today.

 “The Abbott Government’s report to the World Heritage Committee is the government’s latest invitation to the committee to put the Reef on the ‘In Danger’ list,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.   

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Greens launch election policy to save our Great Barrier Reef

The Greens are today launching their election policy to save the Great Barrier Reef at the Sunshine Coast leg of national Reef rallies.

Greens Queensland Senator Larissa Waters, speaking at the Sunshine Coast rally, said: 
“This election is the Reef election and that’s because pressure from Greens supporters has finally got the big parties talking about the issue.

“But Queenslanders know the Reef needs more than election slogans, it needs real action, like the Greens are announcing today.

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