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Turnbull’s contamination taskforce must publicly report activities

Ahead of the visit of Turnbull government’s contamination taskforce to the Williamtown ‘red zone’ in NSW tomorrow, Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon has urged the government to publicly report on the taskforce’s activities.
 
Senator James McGrath is the head of the prime ministerial contamination taskforce. 
 
“For many residents tomorrow’s visit will be too little too late, and I certainly understand that. It has been a long, hard slog for many residents whose lives have been upturned by this disaster,” Senator Rhiannon said. 
 
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Greens call for transparency around firefighting foams

The Greens have again criticised the Department of Defence for their ongoing use of firefighting foams containing PFAS in Darwin and Townsville. 
 
Today they called on the Department of Defence and Air Services Australia to release the Material Safety Data Sheets of all the firefighting foams that they are currently using.
 
Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon said. “There are no good arguments for the continued use of firefighting foams containing PFOS, PFOA or PFHxS,” Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon said. 
 
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Submissions for the Threat Abatement Plan for Marine Debris needed

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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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