The Queensland Greens say that two news items today indicate Treasurer Andrew Fraser does not want to confront the reality of massive costs to Queenslanders from coal and gas.
“It is understandable why he wants to put his head in the sand over environmental costs,” Queensland Greens state spokesperson Libby Connors said today.
The Queensland Greens have warned that two inquiries are about to embarrass the two major parties in the lead up to the state election and prove that the Greens call for a coal and gas moratorium is warranted.
$946 million Biodiversity Fund Open For Applications: Greens
The Greens want Queensland communities to apply for funds to replant and restore bushland, restore native habitats including wetlands and to reduce the impacts of weeds and feral animals under the Commonwealth $946 million Biodiversity Fund grants program they negotiated as part of the Clean Energy Future Package.
“The restoration of native habitat here in Queensland will not only help us tackle climate change but also help to save our wildlife under threat, such as our beautiful and iconic koalas, and I encourage communities to get involved,” said Larissa Waters, Greens environment spokesperson and Senator for Queensland.
"Enhancing and restoring carbon in the landscape and creating jobs in rural Australia is a win win for the climate and the community," Acting Greens Leader, Christine Milne said.