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Greens comment on PFAS contamination threat, funding uncertainty

Six months after the Coalition government announced a $55 million funding package to deal with contamination at Defence sites across Australia, including at Williamtown in New South Wales and Oakey in Queensland, details of the package remain unclear. The figures were released on Monday, in the Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook report.
 
Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon and Greens NSW MP Mehreen Faruqi have commented on uncertainty over funding package, and on the threat that PFAS chemicals pose to human health, plants and animals. 
 
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Greens welcome recommendations on Tasmanian bushfires

The Australian Greens welcome a Senate committee report calling for better preparedness for bushfires in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.

"What we saw earlier this year in Tasmania is a dangerous warning of the future we face in a warming climate," Greens Senator for Tasmania Nick McKim, who chaired the inquiry, said.

"This report makes recommendations that if implemented would allow for Tasmania's precious World Heritage Area to be better defended from the threat of fire."

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Governments risking In Danger listing of Reef with shoddy UNESCO Reef homework

The Australian Greens say the Australian and Queensland government’s inaction and capitulation to big coal will tempt UNESCO to put the Great Barrier Reef  on the World Heritage In Danger list.

“The Government is risking a fail on their Reef homework to UNESCO by underfunding their ReefPlan, delaying water quality targets, spruiking new coal and ignoring global warming after the worst coral bleaching the Reef has ever seen,” said Australian Greens Deputy Leader and Senator for Queensland, Larissa Waters.

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A plan to save the Reef that ignores global warming is meaningless

The Australian Greens say any plan to save the Great Barrier Reef that ignores global warming is meaningless

“The government’s draft response plan to the “worst ever” bleaching event on the Reef on record reportedly says global warming was the cause but doesn’t include any action or new funding to address it,” said Australian Greens Deputy Leader and Senator for Queensland, Larissa Waters.

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Xenophon sells SA short in water negotiations

The Nick Xenophon Team cannot be trusted to stand up for South Australia, the Australian Greens have said, after it was revealed that Senator Xenophon has removed his demand for additional environmental water in negotiations with the government on the ABCC Bill.

“Nick Xenophon has just sold South Australia down the river,” South Australian Senator and Greens’ water spokesperson, Sarah Hanson-Young said.

“He’s letting South Australia and the River Murray down, just so he can cosy up to the Coalition and help them to rip rights away from hard working Australians.

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Shark nets don't make the ocean safe, especially for marine life

Greens spokesperson for Healthy Oceans, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, has strongly criticised the Federal Environment Minister, Josh Frydenberg for granting a blanket exemption for the NSW government to undertake a shark netting program.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “The Environment Minister is misusing a clause in the EPBC Act that exists to allow communities to respond to national emergencies like bushfires, wars and floods without seeking approval if there might be interactions with endangered species.

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