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More environment department job cuts as Abbott Government guts national environment protection

The Australian Greens are alarmed by reports today that the Abbott Government is cutting another 200 jobs from the federal Environment Department and gutting the department’s responsibility to assess damaging developments.

“Tony Abbott is gutting the Commonwealth’s ability to assess damaging developments so that his big mining buddies can get away with whatever they want,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.

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Greens secure support for Senate inquiry into environmental offsets

The Australian Greens have secured support for a Senate Inquiry into environmental offsets used by the federal government in approving developments.

“We’re seeing offsets being used more and more as an excuse for governments to tick and flick environmentally damaging projects for the big mining companies,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.

“Often these offsets are so unrealistic that they’re impossible to deliver on.

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Senate calls on Environment Minister to revoke Abbot Point approval

The Australian Greens’ motion calling the Abbott Government to revoke its approval of the Abbot Point coal port expansion, has passed the Senate today.

“The Senate and the community are sending a strong message to the Abbott Government that dumping millions of tonnes of sludge in the Great Barrier Reef is unacceptable,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.

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Abbott Government must revoke Abbot Point decision given alarming FOI revelations

The Australian Greens are moving a Senate motion for vote tomorrow calling on the Abbott Government to revoke its approval of the Abbot Point coal port expansion, given alarming new information revealed under FOI.

“In these FOI documents, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority raises serious concerns about long-term irreversible damage to nearby coral reefs and seagrass beds,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.

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Lend Lease pull out of Abbot Point shows project an economic white elephant

Lend Lease’s withdrawal from the Abbot Point coal port in the Great Barrier Reef is a win for the community and raises doubts over the project’s economic viability, say the Australian Greens.

“Companies are bailing on Abbot Point thick and fast,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.

“Lend Lease is just the latest, with BHP and Rio Tinto also getting out recently.

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Call to give farmers the legal right to refuse fracking

We give notice that on the next day of sitting we shall move that -

The Senate notes:

1.    The concern of communities in South Australia and Western Australia about their land and water being threatened by shale and other unconventional gas mining.

2.    That landholders lack the legal right to refuse shale and other unconventional gas mining on their land.

3.    The scientific uncertainty surrounding the environmental and health implications of hydraulic fracturing ('fracking') for shale and other unconventional gas mining.

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Fixing Abbot Point environmental damage would cost $1 billion

The Australian Greens will introduce a bill to ban offshore dumping in the Great Barrier Reef today, as new research shows the government is effectively subsidising the Abbot Point sludge dumping by $1 billion.

"The government is letting 5 million tonnes of dredging sediment be dumped in the Reef for the big mining companies at Abbot Point," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.

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Clive Palmer, the Reef is not your own personal waste dump

The Australian Greens are alarmed by reports today that Clive Palmer’s nickel refinery is threatening human health and the Great Barrier Reef with massive ponds full of toxic sludge.

“It’s appalling that Clive Palmer is threatening people’s health and our Great Barrier Reef with massive ponds of toxic sludge and that he’s been allowed to get away with it for so long,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.

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Senate Motion: A win for Great Barrier Reef transparency

The Senate notes:

1.    The World Heritage Committee has expressed extreme concern about industrialisation of the Great Barrier Reef coastline, as have Queensland fishers and tourism operators, and the broader Australian community

2.    The federal and Queensland Governments are currently undertaking two strategic assessments which will decide how the Great Barrier Reef's coast will be protected into the future

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