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UCG experiment with Queenslanders’ health, land and water must be stopped

The Queensland Government report that shows underground coal gasification has contaminated prime agricultural land near Chinchilla and reports of investigators becoming sick should spell the end of the industry.

"Governments are using Queensland communities and the prime agricultural land they farm as test bunnies," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader, said.

"It's time to end this toxic experiment with our land, water and people's health that is underground coal gasification and coal seam gas mining alike.

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Shenhua Watermark coal mine approved to ruin farmland while Barnaby Joyce sits on his hands

The Greens strongly condemn the Abbott Government's approval of the Chinese-owned Shenhua Watermark coal mine in the Liverpool Plains to ruin high-quality farmland and cook the planet.

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

"The Abbott Government is again putting overseas mining interests ahead of farmers and our climate.

"This mega coal mine is set to produce 268 million tonnes of coal over 30 years, just three kilometres from the nearest down of Breeza, yet the climate impacts were not even legally considered.

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Australian Greens Deputy Leader and climate change spokesperson, Senator Larissa Waters, comments on China's emissions reduction target:

Australian Greens Deputy Leader and climate change spokesperson, Senator Larissa Waters, comments on China's emissions reduction target:

"Instead of playing down China's globally conscious pledge, as Minister Bishop has, the Abbott Government needs to take note and dramatically increase its pathetic level of climate ambition.  

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Qld Auditor General’s report cuts through government spin to show shocking reality of Great Barrier Reef water quality

The Australian Greens are calling for urgent investment in Great Barrier Reef water quality following the release of the Queensland Auditor General's report today.

"The Auditor General's damning report must serve as an urgent wake-up call to the Abbott and Palaszczuk governments," Australian Greens Deputy Leader and environment spokesperson, Senator Larissa Waters, said.

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Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and climate spokesperson, comments on the G7’s agreement to end the fossil fuel era:

Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and climate spokesperson, comments on the G7’s agreement to end the fossil fuel era:

“The world wants to put an end to the fossil fuel era and move to the age of renewables.

“But, just as he is on equal marriage and gender equality, Tony Abbott is stuck in the past and is ignoring the fact that Australians want climate action and renewable energy.

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