Australian Greens environment spokesperson Senator Larissa Waters will challenge the Government today in Question Time on their plans to make profits from the dumping of dredge spoil in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.
Australian Government afraid to act on CSG
The old parties have again refused to take action on coal seam gas, as a Senate Inquiry report was tabled today recommending against the adoption of the Greens’ bill to give the Federal Government the power to protect water resources from mining activities.
Members and candidates of the Queensland Greens will be participating in tomorrow’s protest and blockade of the coal dump at Jondaryan on the Darling Downs. State spokesperson Libby Connors said it was a great way to start an election campaign.
Environment Minister Tony Burke has the opportunity to show he will act to protect the environment when it counts not just when it would score political points, by emergency heritage listing pristine Cape York, said the Greens today.
Dept Evironment Resources Management (DERM) put boating public at risk on Australia day
The Queensland Greens state that latest monitoring reports confirm that the Department of Environment and Resource Management put the public at risk and allowed Gladstone harbour to be turned into a muddy mess on Australia day.
The Queensland Greens today criticised the Dredge Technical Reference Panel appointed by Gladstone Ports Corporation to provide technical advice to the Ports Corporation and to state government regulators for its lack of independence.
"The claim that it is independent is more spin in a state government media environment which is overloaded with confusion and misinformation," Queensland Greens state spokesperson Dr Libby Connors said this afternoon.
Dr Connors said it was important that the public were aware of its status given the panel was meeting in Gladstone today.
The Queensland Treasurer’s comments yesterday lauding coal seam gas as cleaner than coal take a very optimistic approach to the facts, according to the Queensland Greens.
‘This often-repeated claim about CSG being cleaner than coal refers only to the greenhouse gases emitted when the two fuels are burnt to create electricity, and even then some important clarification is required,’ said Queensland Greens spokesperson and candidate for Mt Coot-tha, Adam Stone.
A govt that cannot manage Gladstone has no right to destroy Abbott Point
The Queensland Greens say that the Premiers announcement of massive expansion of Abbott Point coal terminal should chill the heart of anyone concerned about Queenslands fisheries, tourism and environment.
Federal Environment Minister Tony Burke must use his powers to reject the Abbot Point coal export terminal now that the Queensland Government has given it the go ahead, the Australian Greens said today.