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Qld Gov fails to make big mining companies pay to clean up their own mess

The Palaszczuk Government is again putting mining companies above regional communities by cutting the amount of money mining companies pay to guarantee that mines are properly rehabilitated.

With the government’s change, mining companies no longer have to pay GST of 10 per cent on the rehabilitation bonds they lodge with the State Government.

“Queensland Labor is letting big mining companies get away without cleaning up their own mess and leaving regional communities to deal with it instead,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens mining spokesperson, said.

Nationals play chameleon in Senate chamber on farmers’ rights to say no to CSG

Nationals Senators have failed to stand by their own claims that they believe landholders should have the right to say no to coal seam gas by voting against on a Greens’ Senate motion today.

Queensland Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and mining spokesperson, who put forward the motion, said:

“Our motion included the claims of Warren Truss, Barnaby Joyce, Fiona Nash, Michael McCormack, Andrew Broad, Bridget McKenzie, John Williams and Matthew Canavan.

“But the Nationals Senators failed to stand by those claims and voted against the motion.

Planning for longer fire seasons urgent shows Climate Council report

Following tragic fires in Western Australia and the Climate Council’s report on bushfire preparedness, the Australian Greens are calling for governments to work together on a plan for longer fire seasons that looks after firefighters.

Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens climate change spokesperson, said:

Turnbull Govt ignores experts and community in push to stifle enforcement of environment law

The government-dominated Senate Inquiry into the government’s bill to limit public enforcement of environment law has ignored community opposition, scientific evidence and legal advice by recommending the bill in its report today.

The Australian Greens’ dissenting report highlights community opposition and legal experts’ arguments against the bill.

“Over 20,000 Australians took the time to write to the Committee to oppose the Bill, and the Australian Greens applaud them,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.

Noosa Shire will be at forefront of clean energy future with Qld’s first Green local Councillor‏

Qld Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader, today officially launched the Noosa Greens’ excellent local council candidate, Aaron White, who could become Queensland’s first Green local Councillor.

In Noosa Shire at Peregian Beach today, Senator Waters said Mr White, who has worked and lived in Noosa Shire for 17 years, would be a valuable addition to Noosa Shire’s progressive local Council.

Hunt hypocritical on 5% pollution cut

The Turnbull government is claiming credit for pollution cuts to meet its measly 5 per cent target by 2020 which are driven by structural factors and by the carbon price that it scrapped.

“Crowing about meeting such a measly target is internationally embarrassing, especially as we’re still the largest polluter per capita in the developed world and the Turnbull Government’s targets will keep it that way,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens climate change spokesperson, said.

Palaszczuk Govt’s support for hundreds more CSG wells in Qld is reckless

QGC’s announcement today of an extra 300 to 400 coal seam gas wells near Wandoan puts Queensland’s land, water, Great Barrier Reef and climate at risk.

“The Palaszczuk Government’s enthusiastic support for hundreds more CSG wells in Queensland is short-sighted and reckless,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens mining spokesperson, said.

“Wandoan is some of Queensland’s best grain growing country and CSG wells here will just put more strain on Queensland’s farmers.

Second Emissions Reduction Fund result just 1 per cent of Adani mine pollution

The second Emissions Reduction Fund auction results, made public this afternoon, shift massive cost to the taxpayer and are totally undermined by emissions from the Turnbull-approved Adani coal mine.

“The Government’s climate policy is a massive cost shift from the polluters to the public, since they axed the obligation on polluters to pay for their pollution,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens climate change spokesperson, said.

Labor and Liberal MPs formally back move to four year terms - Greens remain opposed‏

The Greens say a Parliamentary Committee report recommending Queensland governments move from three to four year terms will mean reduced opportunity for the public to hold political parties to account.

Greens spokesperson Andrew Bartlett said both Labor and the LNP are supporting a referendum to give themselves an extra year in power, but they won’t support giving the public any extra accountability mechanisms like an Upper House or a fair electoral system.

Narrow defeat of Turnbull Government anti-choice abortion Senate motion is alarming

The Senate has narrowly defeated a Turnbull Government motion opposing Greens’ state and territory legislation for exclusion zones outside abortion clinics to stop anti-choice protesters intimidating women.

“It’s alarming that the Senate was only just able to defeat this appalling motion from the Turnbull Government,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens spokesperson for women, said.

“Senator Canavan, who put forward the motion, has tried to pass this off as a freedom of speech issue but this is an issue of safe, accessible healthcare and women’s rights.