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Chevron’s greedy tax fight proves it can’t be trusted with the Bight

Chevron has proven it cannot be trusted with the pristine environment of the Great Australian Bight if they refuse to play by Australia’s tax rules, Australian Greens Senator for South Australia and finance spokesperson Sarah Hanson-Young said today.

“Chevron has fought for almost 15 years against paying its fair share of tax to Australians, after being given a leg up by the Australian government. The loan to Chevron not only ripped off Australian taxpayers for years, but the money ended up offshore providing no benefit to Australia,” Senator Hanson-Young said.

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State of Environment ain’t good, Government complicit

Janet Rice 7 Mar 2017

The 2017 State of the Environment report shows the federal government is putting the interests of donors and big polluters ahead of the public good and responsible environmental protection, say the Australian Greens.

“The Minister claims there are ‘bright spots’, but this report shows the dark stain of Government mismanagement of our environment,” said Australian Greens acting environment spokesperson Senator Janet Rice.

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Unconventional gas could be worse than coal: we need a national fracking ban

The Australian Greens today reiterated their call for a national ban on fracking in light of reports that unconventional gas fracking could be worse than coal for the climate. 

Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on resources said:

“This newest study on massive ‘fugitive’ pollution from fracking wells shows we need a national ban on fracking. 

“Unconventional gas fracking wells and pipes leak like a sieve, and they could be just as bad for the climate as burning coal

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Prove you can’t be bought – vote to ban drilling in the Bight

The Federal Senate will vote on whether to ban drilling for oil in the Great Australian Bight tomorrow, following revelations oil giant Chevron has been donating tens of thousands of dollars to the Labor and Liberal parties.

“The public is rightly worried that this money has bought Chevron influence in both the Liberal and Labor parties. If Labor and the Liberals want the public to believe they can’t be bought, supporting this amendment is the first test,” Greens Senator for South Australia Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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Green Army money must go into actual environmental programs

“The Green Army was not an environment program. It was an employment program, and a bad one at that,” said the Greens agriculture spokesperson Senator Janet Rice.

“The program saw participants doing manual labour such as weeding and clearing creeks in return for half the minimum wage with the government describing it as ‘training and experience’.”

“The Greens have received assurances from the government that none of the money we secured for Landcare will be taken from any other environmental program or policies to balance the books.

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South Australia dudded by Barnaby Joyce and MDBA

The Murray Darling Basin Authority’s attempt to increase irrigation limits in the northern basin will reduce the already insufficient amount of water heading downstream to South Australia, the Australian Greens have said.

“This is extremely concerning,” the Green’s water spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

“There is a critical lack of leadership in this discussion right now. First it was Barnaby Joyce and now it’s the MDBA selling South Australia short.

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Government must stop saddling up with the racing industry and protect the Hooded Plover

Janet Rice 28 Oct 2016

Greens Senator for Victoria Janet Rice has joined community groups to blockade race horse training on the breeding ground of vulnerable Hooded Plover on Belfast Coastal Reserve.

“It’s unacceptable to see the commercial interests of a few cowboys in the horse training industry take over these pristine Victorian beaches, and trump the survival of the Hooded Plover,” said Senator Rice.

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