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Greens call on Labor to commit to an independent environmental watchdog

The Australian Greens call on Labor to commit to establishing an independent environmental watchdog, rather than just saying they will explore options for one, and to commit to reversing funding cuts to environmental regulators.

Qld Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens spokesperson for the environment, said:

"We're glad Labor is moving towards adopting the Greens' long-held positions, but we are calling on Labor to commit to establishing an independent environmental watchdog rather than just saying they will 'explore options'.

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Greens commit to ground-breaking $2 billion fund to fix Reef water quality

The Greens today announced a plan to protect the Great Barrier Reef, including a $2 billion fund and a legal cap on run-off pollution fix water quality, as well as action on global warming and a stronger role for the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.

Greens Deputy Leader Senator Larissa Waters said:

“This is the critical election for the Reef.  Our best scientists are telling us that could lose the Reef within a generation unless we take immediate action on global warming and fixing water quality.  

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Greens put Queensland’s native wildlife on the election agenda on World Environment Day

On World Environment Day today, the Greens launched their $2.1 billion national election policy to protect native wildlife, which would help bring threatened species such as bilbies and koalas back from the brink of extinction in Queensland. 

 

Qld Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader, said the Greens plan would commit $2 billion over 6 years to re-establish and double funding for the national Biodiversity Fund, which was abolished under Abbott/Turnbull Government after Labor halved its funding while in government. 

 

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Greens condemn witch-hunt against voices for nature

The Greens condemn the politically motivated witch hunt against the voices for nature in the government's recommendations in the House of Representatives tax-deductibility for environment organisations inquiry report. 

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

"This inquiry has been a politically motivated with-hunt from the start. 

"The Coalition can't take criticism of its anti-environment policies and so wants to shoot the messenger by crippling environment groups who are working for the public good.

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Qld Labor’s inaction on a dump levy stinks

The Queensland Labor Government must urgently re-introduce a waste management levy to stop Queensland being treated as a dumping ground by other states.

As reported on today, about 10 per cent of Queensland's landfill last year came from other states where waste management levies exist.

"The Labor Government is letting Queensland be treated as a rubbish tip by other states and it stinks," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and environment spokesperson, said.

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Liberal Government watering down environmental conditions for mining mates

Revelations today that the Liberal Government has watered down the environmental conditions of 21 projects, including coal mines, in the past nine months are incredibly concerning.

 

“The Liberal Government is trying to fool communities by saying they have set so-called strict conditions when approving mines that threaten our land, water and climate,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and environment spokesperson, said.

 

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Proxy vote shows Senate for public enforcement of environment law

The Senate has voted down a Turnbull Government motion in support of its bill to limit who can take the government to court when it breaks environment law.

"Thanks to Senator Canavan's motion, we've just had a proxy vote on the standing bill, and we now know it's dead in the water," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.  

"The Senate clearly disagrees with the Turnbull Government's blatant attempt to silence the community for the sake of its big mining buddies.

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Turnbull takes Abbott’s axe to World Heritage, water and endangered species

The Australian Greens are urging the cross-bench Senators to continue to block the Turnbull Government's plan to give all federal environmental approval powers to state or even local governments.

"It is deeply disappointing that Malcolm Turnbull is pushing Tony Abbott's plan to take an axe to environmental protection," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and environment spokesperson, said.

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