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Greens announce doubling of funding for women’s shelters and call for federal budget funding

The Greens have announced a plan to double funding for women’s shelters and are calling on the Turnbull Government to reverse its domestic violence funding cuts and boost funding in next week’s budget. 

At Women’s House Shelta, the oldest women’s shelter in Brisbane, today, Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and spokesperson for women, said: 

“Next week’s budget is a clear test for Malcolm Turnbull. Despite all the Prime Minister’s fine words and ribbon wearing, crisis services do not have the funding they need to keep up with the tragically demand. 

Re-announcement of $50 million for Reef today equals Government’s Reef funding cuts

The Environment Minister’s announcement of $50 million in Reef Trust projects today is a re-announcement of existing Reef funding and is undermined by the Government’s cut in 2014 of $40 million from a long-standing, water-quality program. 

Qld Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and climate change spokesperson, said: 

“The Turnbull Government is desperately shuffling around existing Reef funding in an attempt to distract from its inadequate climate policies and continued coal mine approvals, which are cooking the Reef. 

Cabinet Ministers undermining Paris agreement being signed tonight by questioning climate science

With Cabinet Ministers questioning climate science, the world will have little confidence in Greg Hunt’s signature on the Paris climate agreement when he signs it in New York tonight. 

“We have climate deniers running the country at a time when the world’s chances of surviving global warming are at a tipping point,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and climate change spokesperson, said.

Greens announce Wendy Tubman as Candidate for Herbert

The Greens are proud to announce their exceptional local candidate for the seat of Herbert in the federal election – Wendy Tubman.

Qld Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader, said:

“Wendy has proved a tireless advocate for our Great Barrier Reef and the 67 000 jobs it provides in her role as Coordinator of the North Queensland Conservation Council.

Senate report shows state government must act on container deposit scheme and plastic bag bans

The Queensland Greens say a Senate Committee report on marine plastic pollution shows the state Labor government must act urgently to implement a container deposit scheme.

Greens spokesperson Andrew Bartlett says “the state Labor government has delayed too long on responding to the calls for action on a container deposit scheme and plastic bags.

“The evidence to the Senate Committee is clear and categorical – the problem of plastic pollution in our waterways is serious, urgent and getting worse.  The time for action is now.

Domestic violence advertising campaign must come with boost to crisis funding for women who reach out as a result

With the launch today of the advertising campaign to tackle attitudes that allow domestic violence to fester, the Greens are calling for the Turnbull Government to urgently reverse its cuts to crisis services and boost funding. 

Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and spokesperson for women, said: 

“We absolutely need to raise awareness and change attitudes about domestic violence and gender equality but doing so without boosting funding to crisis services, which are currently having to turn women away, is dangerous. 

Near blanket Reef bleaching shows we must quit coal

With the National Coral Bleaching Taskforce finding 93 per cent of the Great Barrier Reef has coral bleaching, the Greens have renewed calls for job-rich clean energy. 

Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and climate change spokesperson, said: 

“This is the worst ever bleaching on the Reef, which is putting almost 70 000 peoples’ jobs and the spectacular biodiversity of this World Heritage icon at risk. 

“The science is clear – it’s coal or the Reef. 

Greens call for Qld government to provide extra legal support for asylum seekers

The Greens call on the Queensland Labor government to follow the lead of the Victorian government in boosting funding for community legal centres working on the refugee claims of people living in the community.

Greens spokesperson Andrew Bartlett says ““the Victorian Labor government has just announced a two year funding package through Legal Aid to provide desperately needed help for people trying to get their refugee claims fairly considered.”

“Queensland can and should do the same. 

Legal Aid urgently needs funding boost given high demand for domestic violence family law services

With new analysis showing 79 per cent of Legal-Aid-assisted family law cases include domestic violence, the Greens today renewed their call for the Coalition Government to boost funding for Legal Aid. 

“The demand for domestic violence legal help is so tragically high that it is a factor in the bulk of family law cases assisted by Legal Aid,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens spokesperson for women, said.                                         

Most Australians agree with the Greens against taxpayer handouts for big fossil fuel companies

Most Australians (58.9%) believe the government spends too much on fossil fuel subsidies, according to a national ReachTEL poll out today, and the Australian Greens firmly agree with them.   

Qld Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and climate change spokesperson, said: 

“The Government is spending billions of dollar a year in tax breaks and cheap fuel for big mining companies, while leaving our health and education systems starved of funding. 

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