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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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Millions needed to fix Reef’s water quality but Newman gives money away to big mining companies

New research shows $784 million is needed to improve Great Barrier Reef water quality, even before new the coal mines and ports, supported by the major parties, are built.

“Even though the Reef is already struggling, the Newman Government is set to make its water quality even worse,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.

“The Newman Government is paying to dump the dredge spoil from the Abbot Point port expansion in the Caley Valley wetlands.

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Newman has already splashed $2 billion of Queensland taxpayers’ money on Abbot Point

A new report out today by The Australia Institute shows that the Newman Government has already spent almost $2 billion of Queensland taxpayers’ money on the existing Abbot Point coal port.

“The Newman Government has already taken almost $2 billion that could have gone to public transport, schools and hospitals and used it to prop up the coal industry,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.

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Greens welcome legal challenge against Adani’s Carmichael coal mine on climate grounds

 The Australian Greens congratulate the Mackay Conservation Group for standing up for our Great Barrier Reef and climate by challenging the Abbott Government’s approval of Adani’s Carmichael coal mine in court.

“The Abbott and Newman governments have ticked off the Southern Hemisphere’s biggest coal mine in Queensland’s Galilee Basin to export through the Great Barrier Reef, without even considering the climate impacts,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.

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Greens pitch to Queensland: Newman & Abbott are the same bad deal on environment

Australian Greens leader Senator Christine Milne reinforced the connection between Campbell Newman and Tony Abbott in the eyes of the electorate, while in Brisbane today.   

“Tony Abbott and Campbell Newman have the same arrogant agenda that is anti-environment and makes life harder for everyday people,” Senator Milne said.

“Together they have inflicted more than 50 attacks on Queensland’s environment, including approving the world’s largest coal port in the Great Barrier Reef.

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