Australian Greens Deputy Leader Senator Larissa Waters comments on the Palaszczuk Government’s announcement today that studies for the environmental impact statement for Abbot Point have begun:
“Climate change is the biggest threat the Great Barrier Reef faces and exporting hundreds of mega tonnes of coal through the Reef itself will make it much worse.
“We simply should not be building one of the world’s largest coal ports in the Great Barrier Reef in an age of climate change, especially when we have renewable alternatives.
The Abbott Government’s budget is visionless and won’t build a more caring society for Queensland or protect our state’s environment and climate.
“Although there are some positive childcare elements to the budget, the devil is in the detail for families,” Queensland Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader, said.
“It’s cruel to pay for childcare changes by cutting payments to poorer single income families and cutting paid parental leave.
The Abbott Government’s budget does nothing to help domestic violence victims and survivors and locks in many of last year’s domestic violence funding cuts.
“For all of the government’s rhetoric about domestic violence, its budget is a missed opportunity to address this tragic national crisis,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens spokesperson for women, said.
“After the interim Senate Inquiry report, the Government reversed some of the worst funding cuts to legal centres and extended a homelessness program for a limited period.
“Christine Milne is one of the handful of Australian politicians who grasps the true significance of both national and global challenges, as well as the urgency of building an economy that’s fairer, more robust, and responds to our changing climate rather than worsening it.
“Her genuine interest in Queensland has been evidenced by her many public appearances in regional areas as well as the cities in our state, her consistent support for all sections of the Queensland community, and her unwavering encouragement of our state and federal election candidates.
The Australian Greens Co-convenors offer their deepest gratitude to Senator Christine Milne following the announcement of her decision to step down as Parliamentary Leader.
"We commend Senator Milne for her excellent leadership and thank her for the energy, passion and commitment she has given to our party and Australian politics," said Australian Greens Co-convenors Giz Watson and Penny Allman-Payne.
The Reef 2050 Plan, released 21/3/15, fails dismally in protecting the Great Barrier Reef from climate change, dredging, dumping and shipping.
“This plan won’t stop the Reef becoming a coal ship super highway,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.
“The plan identifies that climate change is the biggest threat facing the Reef.
“But it ignores the climate impacts of digging up one the world’s largest undeveloped coal basins and shipping it out through the Reef.
Redlands Greens spokesperson and Queensland Greens Convenor, Penny Allman-Payne, has called on the Labor party to provide certainty to residents of North Stradbroke Island and Cleveland on the phase out of mining on North Stradbroke Island and the Toondah Harbour redevelopment, following confirmation Queensland Labor will form a minority government with the support of the member for Nicklin, Peter Wellington.
New coal mines in the Galilee Basin are neither sustainable nor financially viable without massive government subsidies.
“It is very clear that Labor would not be in a position to form government without the very strong flow of preferences which Greens voters gave to the ALP.” said Greens Spokesperson, Charles Worringham.
Instead of Campbell Newman’s destructive coal and casino obsession, the Greens have a positive vision for Queensland’s economy.
“Queensland already has more casinos than any other state, but Campbell Newman is allowing another three, bringing the total to seven,” Australian Greens Senator for Queensland, Larissa Waters, said.
“Casinos and coal mines are not an economic strategy - they are a recipe for more problem gambling and climate change.
“The Greens have a positive vision for a fair society, a healthy economy and a clean environment.
The Queensland Greens have today lodged a formal complaint with the Electoral Commission over advertising by the LNP.
“LNP advertisements trying to scare people about numbering more than one box amount to a undermining of fair democratic process in Queensland.” Said Greens lead spokesperson Dr Charles Worringham today.