Media Releases

Greens slam Queensland Labor’s continuing coal obsession

Queensland Greens spokesperson Andrew Bartlett says statements by Ministers at this weekend’s ALP state conference demonstrate the Labor Party’s continuing obsession with expanding coal mining in Queensland, which paints a bleak future for the Great Barrier Reef.

“Minister Steven Miles ran an election campaign promising he would be “Miles better for the Reef”, and is now Minister for the Great Barrier Reef, but he has once again publicly supported massive expansion of coal mining in Queensland."

Ipswich City Council’s transition from coal mining gives the city a competitive edge

The Australian Greens congratulate Ipswich City Council for its economically and environmentally responsible decision to transition away from coal mining by not supporting new coal mines or expansions.  

“This forward-thinking decision will make Ipswich, our state’s fastest growing city, more liveable and healthy,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader, said.

“It gives Ipswich a competitive edge in embracing 21st Century opportunities in clean energy, agriculture, transport, IT, research and advanced manufacturing.

Senator Waters on Hockey’s comments on Brisbane radio that the govt is “working on” making Adani’s rail line to Abbot Point commercially viable

“The Abbott Government has failed to rule out pouring taxpayer money into Adani’s unviable project, which no bank will touch, through the $5 billion Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility.

“In their Budget papers, the Palaszczuk Government has flagged that they are considering seeking federal funding for the Galilee rail line on behalf of big coal barons.

Coal lobby’s ad campaign ignores the jobs it is killing

The mining lobby’s advertising blitz today neglects to mention the jobs it is killing in other industries and the carbon pollution it is threatening our very way of life with.

“The mining lobby doesn’t want to talk about the jobs it is killing in the agriculture, tourism and renewable energy industries,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and climate change spokesperson, said.

“Even though coal workers are losing their jobs, because the coal price is in structural decline, the big parties aren’t providing them with an alternative.

Senator Waters comments on the govt’s own modelling showing Abbott over-exaggerated cost of climate action

“You can’t trust Tony Abbott, especially when it comes to climate change,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens climate change spokesperson, said.

“The overdue release of the government’s modelling late Friday afternoon reveals that Tony Abbott told Australians the cost of a 40 per cent target was more than four times what was actually modelled.

“What about the cost of not acting on climate change, while the rest of the world races ahead with renewable technology?

Larissa Waters comments on Newman Govt spending $2m to try and cover up how damaging its attacks on Reef were

Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and climate change spokesperson, comments on the Newman Government spending $2 million on advertising to try and cover up how damaging its attacks on the Great Barrier Reef were:

Palaszczuk Government pushes ahead with destroying Reef on behalf of Adani

The draft environmental impact statement on the Abbot Point coal port for the Adani Carmichael mine includes alarming environmental impacts and shows there is no difference between the Abbott and Palaszczuk governments on coal.

“The Palaszczuk Government is pushing ahead with one of the world’s largest coal ports in the Great Barrier Reef for coal mines that probably won’t go ahead,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.

Stifling community enforcement of environment law is an attack on democracy

The Attorney General’s plan to limit public enforcement of environmental law is an attack on democracy and won’t change that the Carmichael coal mine doesn’t make economic sense.  

“The Abbott Government won’t let anything get in the way of its coal obsession, not even the law,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens deputy leader and climate change spokesperson, said.

“It’s so determined to put coal ahead of renewables, despite renewable technology bounding ahead and the coal price dwindling, that it wants to take away public rights to uphold environment law.

Auditors' report shows Abbot Point dumping permit approval shonky – GBRMPA should have funding to fix the process

The Australian National Audit Office’s report into Great Barrier Reef permits reveals a sloppy approvals process, especially in the case of the Abbot Point dumping permit.

“The audit shows the incredibly sloppy process that led to the Abbot Point offshore dumping permit being granted without enough time or information,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.  

“This vindicates why the community with the Greens campaigned successfully to cancel the offshore Abbot Point dumping permit.

Senate unanimously calls for federal funding to save cassowary from extinction

The Senate has unanimously passed an Australian Greens’ motion calling for urgent federal funding for cassowary conservation and rehabilitation.  

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

“We’re pleased that all Senators supported the Greens’ motion, and that in response to the motion the federal government said it would write to the state government about funding.