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Coal lobby’s ad campaign ignores the jobs it is killing

The mining lobby's advertising blitz today neglects to mention the jobs it is killing in other industries and the carbon pollution it is threatening our very way of life with.

"The mining lobby doesn't want to talk about the jobs it is killing in the agriculture, tourism and renewable energy industries," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and climate change spokesperson, said

"Even though coal workers are losing their jobs, because the coal price is in structural decline, the big parties aren't providing them with an alternative.

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Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and climate change spokesperson, comments on the Newman Government spending $2 million on advertising to try and cover up how damaging its attacks on the Great Barrier Reef were:

"Queenslanders clearly saw through this waste of their own money and it's insulting that the Newman Government tried to fool them.

"It was clear to Queenslanders that Campbell Newman was intent on putting coal above the Reef and they booted him out at the election.

"Queenslanders will feel betrayed that the new Labor Government has continued down the track of dredging to turn the Reef into a shipping super highway for coal exports to cook the planet. 

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Palaszczuk Government pushes ahead with destroying Reef on behalf of Adani

The draft environmental impact statement on the Abbot Point coal port for the Adani Carmichael mine includes alarming environmental impacts and shows there is no difference between the Abbott and Palaszczuk governments on coal.

"The Palaszczuk Government is pushing ahead with one of the world's largest coal ports in the Great Barrier Reef for coal mines that probably won't go ahead," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.

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Senate Inquiry hears of David and Goliath battle landholders face against CSG in Qld

The first public hearing of the Senate Inquiry into the Greens’ bill to give landholders the right to say ‘no’ to gas and coal mining on their land and to ban fracking was held in Brisbane today.

Queensland Senator Larissa Waters, the Australian Greens Acting Leader and mining spokesperson, who introduced the bill to the Parliament, said:

“We’ve heard from Queensland landholders today who desperately want to protect their land, water and health but have been left with no legal rights to say ‘no’ to the big mining companies.

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$34m for Callide coal will cost Queenslanders in more ways than one

Greens Senator for Queensland Larissa Waters says it's outrageous that the Queensland Labor government has taken the step of pouring $34 million into the Callide Power Station at Biloela, in the new State Budget.

"Callide is a relic of the coal age that should be shut down, not propped up with taxpayer's dollars," said Senator Waters.

"It is the most polluting power station in the state and one of the worst in the country. For every megawatt of power produced, it emits 1.1 tonnes of carbon dioxide.

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Shenhua Watermark coal mine approved to ruin farmland while Barnaby Joyce sits on his hands

The Greens strongly condemn the Abbott Government's approval of the Chinese-owned Shenhua Watermark coal mine in the Liverpool Plains to ruin high-quality farmland and cook the planet.

Australian Greens Deputy Leader and mining spokesperson, Senator Larissa Waters, said:

"The Abbott Government is again putting overseas mining interests ahead of farmers and our climate.

"This mega coal mine is set to produce 268 million tonnes of coal over 30 years, just three kilometres from the nearest down of Breeza, yet the climate impacts were not even legally considered.

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Greens move for Senate Inquiry into fossil fuel influence over politics

The Australian Greens will move for a Senate Inquiry into the fossil fuel industry's influence over politics, as the House of Representatives inquiry hearings into removing tax deductibility from environment groups begin today.

Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and climate and environment spokesperson, who will lodge Terms of Reference for the Inquiry in the Senate today, said:

"The Abbott Government is out to destroy the environment and those who seek to protect it, on behalf of its big fossil fuel industry mates.

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