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.
“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.
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.
“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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Federal Court’s decision today to overturn the Abbott Government’s approval of Adani’s Carmichael coal mine is good news for the climate, environment and Queensland economy.
“Adani’s Carmichael coal mine plan would have been a climate disaster and Reef destroyer,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and climate spokesperson, said.
“This white elephant of a project threatened our tourism and agricultural industries and would have slowed down our transition to a clean energy economy.