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Greens commit to ground-breaking $2 billion fund to fix Reef water quality

The Greens today announced a plan to protect the Great Barrier Reef, including a $2 billion fund and a legal cap on run-off pollution fix water quality, as well as action on global warming and a stronger role for the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.

Greens Deputy Leader Senator Larissa Waters said:

“This is the critical election for the Reef.  Our best scientists are telling us that could lose the Reef within a generation unless we take immediate action on global warming and fixing water quality.  

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Greens announce support for solar on homes and businesses

Greens announce support for solar on homes and businesses

 

The Australian Greens have today released their plan to help homes, businesses and schools embrace solar technology: Renew Australia – repowering our homes and businesses.

 

“The Greens want to see Australia powered by 90 per cent renewable energy by 2030,” said Senator Richard Di Natale, Australian Greens Leader.

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Barnaby caught napping on New England

Greens candidate for New England Mercurius Goldstein and Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon have commented on news that Santos is pushing ahead with CSG mining in the Liverpool Plains. 

Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon said “The Greens have stood with farmers on the Liverpool Plains from the beginning and we will continue to support them in their fight against CSG. I have worked with the community as a Greens MP and as a Senator. 

“Last year Santos donated $168,755 to the major parties, including $86000 to the Liberals and Nationals. 

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Greens put Queensland’s native wildlife on the election agenda on World Environment Day

On World Environment Day today, the Greens launched their $2.1 billion national election policy to protect native wildlife, which would help bring threatened species such as bilbies and koalas back from the brink of extinction in Queensland. 

 

Qld Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader, said the Greens plan would commit $2 billion over 6 years to re-establish and double funding for the national Biodiversity Fund, which was abolished under Abbott/Turnbull Government after Labor halved its funding while in government. 

 

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Greens push for state cash-for-container scheme and announce national scheme for if state government fails to deliver

The Greens are calling on the state government to establish a cash-for-container scheme and have announced a national scheme to be established should the state government fail to act to protect the Gold Coast’s beaches from plastic pollution.

At a beach clean-up at the Spit today, Qld Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader, said:

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BP must abandon its plans to drill in the Great Australian Bight: Greens

Greens Senator for South Australia Robert Simms is calling on BP to abandon its plans to drill in the Great Australian Bight after its secret environmental plan was knocked back by NOPSEMA a second time.

"It's clear BP aren't respecting of the precious Great Australian Bight environment as once again NOPSEMA determine that BP's shoddy environmental plan requires modifications," Senator Simms said.

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Greens welcome NSW Container Deposit Scheme decision and call on other states to follow

Greens spokesperson for Consumer Affairs, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson welcomes the news that NSW has followed in the footsteps of the South Australia and the Northern Territory by announcing plans for a beverage container recycling refund scheme, and is calling on other states to quickly follow suit. [NB: Tasmanian specific comment at end of release]

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