The Australian Greens today welcomed the Government's move to science-based policy regarding coal seam gas following its agreement with the Independents on the Mineral Resources Rent Tax, with a new $150 million committee to provide independent expert scientific advice on the long-term impacts of coal seam
The Australian Greens today welcomed the Government's move to science-based policy regarding coal seam gas following its agreement with the Independents on the Mineral Resources Rent Tax, with a new $150 million committee to provide independent expert scientific advice on the long-term impacts of coal seam gas (CSG) mining.
"For the many Australian communities deeply concerned about the runaway CSG industry, it's good news that the Government will now establish this independent committee and require the states to take into account the committee’s advice," Greens mining spokesperson Senator Larissa Waters said.
Dr Sandra Bayley, the Greens candidate for Ashgrove, admits it is a surprise that a conservative voice like Katter’s Australia Party aligns with the Greens, who have a really strong and established position on coal seam gas.
The Queensland Greens say that news that marine disease has now spread to prawns in Gladstone harbour confirms their worst fears regarding the seriousness of the ecosystem collapse occurring there and warned that failure to act swiftly would endanger the entire Queensland seafood industry.
The Queensland Greens say that LNP leader Campbell Newman’s latest announcement on CSG is a betrayal of rural communities which leaves the main problems posed by the industry unresolved.
Yesterday Campbell Newman promised to introduce a more transparent system of compensation to landholders with CSG wells on their land.
"As usual the LNP are doing the work of the gas companies by sidetracking the public debate from the main issues,’ state spokesperson Libby Connors said today.
The Queensland Greens say that a dispute between National Party and Liberal Party ministers in New South Wales over coal seam gas today is a sign of the stresses currently being suppressed within the Queensland LNP.
The Queensland Greens have scoffed at the Coalition’s idea that a series of dams in Northern Australia might transform the region into a food bowl.
State spokesperson for the Queensland Greens, Libby Connors, today expressed disappointment that a leaders debate in the lead up to the state election is going to exclude any third voices, especially that of the Greens.
Both the Government and the Coalition bowed to the whims of the fossil fuel industries today, in voting down a Greens’ motion to suspend dredging and development in the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef until the cumulative impacts of the mass dredging projects can be properly assessed.