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Queensland Parliament urged to fight supertrawler

The Queensland Parliament has been urged to follow the lead of the Tasmanian Parliament, and oppose the supertrawler Margiris being allowed to cut a swathe of destruction through waters off the coasts of Queensland.

Australian Greens Senator for Queensland and environment spokesperson, Senator Larissa Waters, has today written to the Queensland Parliament, calling on them to act to protect Queensland waters and fisheries from the supertrawler.

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“Unstoppable” supertrawler exploits weak laws

The green light given by the federal Environment Minister last night to the supertrawler Margiris shows that our national environment laws are too weak and urgently need to be strengthened, the Australian Greens said today.

“If the Environment Minister can't prevent something so profoundly damaging to our environment from going ahead, then what exactly is his job?” Australian Greens environment spokesperson, Senator Larissa Waters, said.

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Newman’s ‘red tape’ excuse wears thin

The Newman Government has now extended its spurious ‘red tape’ argument to justify weakening gun ownership laws in Queensland, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, Senator Larissa Waters, said.

“Campbell Newman is labelling any laws he doesn’t like as ‘red tape’ and using this hollow excuse to roll back the laws that protect people and the environment in Queensland,” Senator Waters said.

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Too Precious To Lose

Australia's environment is under greater threat today than ever before. Climate change, habitat destruction, pollution, invasive species and disease, as well as a rapidly expanding resources sector are all putting at risk our valuable natural environment.

As the world meets in Rio to re-affirm a commitment to conserve, protect and restore the health and integrity of the Earth's ecosystem, the Greens believe Australia must play our part in ensuring an economically, socially and environmentally sustainable future for our planet and for present and future generations.

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