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Black day for environment as states and territories sign up to Tony Abbott’s ‘one-stop shop’ of environmental destruction

The states and territories have buddied up with Tony Abbott at COAG today to gut national environment protection.

"States and territories have all made dodgy deals with Tony Abbott today to slash federal environment protection," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.

"These deals pave the way for Tony Abbott to abolish a 30-year-old federal safeguard for our most precious natural places and wildlife, established when Bob Hawke stepped in to save the Franklin from being dammed.

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Australian Senate calls on Giddings Government to refuse Tony Abbott’s ‘one-stop shop’ of environmental destruction

The federal Senate has called on the Giddings Government to reject Tony Abbott’s plan to gut national environment protection, which the Prime Minister is trying to sign states and territories up to at COAG tomorrow.

“Tony Abbott wants to take away a 30-year-old federal veto power to protect our most precious wildlife and wilderness, by leaving state governments to approve environmentally destructive projects,” Tasmanian Senator Peter Whish-Wilson said.

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Abbott approves world’s largest coal port in Great Barrier Reef

The Abbott Government's disregard for the climate and the Great Barrier Reef is criminal, said the Australian Greens today as the Abbott Government approved the Abbot Point coal port expansion and the Curtis Island gas processing facility.

"The Abbott Government has sacrificed the climate and the Great Barrier Reef for overseas mining companies with its approval today of the world's largest coal port and another CSG plant in our Great Barrier Reef," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.

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Senate calls on Abbott Government to provide overdue funding for Queensland’s Wet Tropics

The Senate has passed a Greens' motion today calling on the Abbott Government to urgently provide overdue base funding to the Wet Tropics Management Authority.

"Alarmingly, the Wet Tropics Management Authority hasn't yet received its base funding for this financial year which is now almost six months overdue," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.

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