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PM dodges coal moratorium question and says coal will relieve energy poverty

The Prime Minister has failed to properly respond to today's admirable call by 61 eminent Australians for an international moratorium on new coal mines to be negotiated at the Paris climate talks.

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

"The group of eminent Australians are calling for an international moratorium on new coal mines and for this to be put on the agenda in Paris.

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Labor will face tough questions on coal during Pacific visit

In his visit to low-lying Pacific nations this week, Bill Shorten must listen to these nations' calls for a moratorium on new coal mines and withdraw Labor's support for the Adani coal mine. 

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

"Low-lying Pacific nations, including nations Mr Shorten is visiting, are urging a moratorium on new Australian coal mines.   

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PM Turnbull should have dumped – not appointed – Wind Farm Commissioner

The Australian Greens say today's appointment of a Wind Farm Commissioner is a sign that Malcolm Turnbull will continue to pander to those in the Coalition who are intent on sending Australia backwards.

"Prime Minister Turnbull has wasted another opportunity to show he's any different to Tony Abbott. Australians don't need a wind farm commissioner, we need a plan to transition away from coal," said Greens Leader Richard Di Natale.

"This is one of the tin-foil-hat wearing relics of the Abbott age."

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Climate wrecker title looms for Turnbull as draft Paris agreement released

With the release of the draft agreement for the Paris climate talks today, Malcolm Turnbull needs to boost our climate pollution reduction targets or else go down in history as a climate wrecker.

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

"Malcolm Turnbull needs to go to Paris with targets based on science not Tony Abbott's targets based on climate denialism.  

"Malcolm Turnbull says he won't change Tony Abbott's targets and he has signed a deal with the Nationals to keep Australia's targets stuck in the past.

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Senator Waters on Treasurer Hockey’s comments on Brisbane radio today that the government is “working on” making Adani’s rail line to Abbot Point commercially viable:

"The Abbott Government has failed to rule out pouring taxpayer money into Adani’s unviable project, which no bank will touch, through the $5 billion Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility.

“In their Budget papers, the Palaszczuk Government has flagged that they are considering seeking federal funding for the Galilee rail line on behalf of big coal barons.

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PM Abbott’s war on renewables hurts low-income families, retirees

The Abbott government's decision to stop the Clean Energy Finance Corporation investing in rooftop solar will hurt Australians who are trying to make ends meet, said Greens Deputy Leader Larissa Waters.

"Tony Abbott is making life harder for everyday Australians, suffocating innovative new businesses, and handcuffing this country to the coal age," Senator Waters said.

"The CEFC helps rooftop solar companies offer free installation of solar panels, which means retirees and low-income families can start saving immediately. Well, not anymore.

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Tony Abbott's war on clean energy hits sickening new low

Australian Greens Deputy Leader Larissa Waters says Tony Abbott is proving himself an economic and environmental vandal with his escalating war on wind.

"Tony Abbott is systematically destroying every successful clean energy policy Australia has," said Senator Waters.

"He's made us the only country in the world to get rid of a price on pollution and the only country in the world to actually lower a renewable energy target.

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Healthier climate means healthier people: Lancet

The Australian Greens have welcomed a report in The Lancet medical journal, which highlights the huge opportunity to improve public health through action on global warming.

"Cutting pollution won't just maintain the status quo - it will make our entire population more healthy, which means more productive and more prosperous," said Greens Leader Dr Richard Di Natale.

"People get overwhelmed by the climate change doomsday scenarios, but we need pay more attention to all the ways we can make life better if we do cut pollution.

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