The Turnbull Government's obsession with coal undermines the global momentum in Paris, and threatens the health of Australian workers.
"It was devastating to hear this morning that four Queensland coalmine workers have been diagnosed with black lung. There is no cure for this terrible disease, and we must make sure that this is not the James Hardie of the coal industry," said Deputy Leader and climate spokesperson Senator Larissa Waters.
The imminent passage of the Australian Citizenship Amendment (Allegiance to Australia) Bill 2015 will do nothing to protect Australians from the threat of violent extremism, Greens legal affairs spokesperson Nick McKim says.
The government has blocked a proposed Senate vote on alleged Australian spying on Timor Leste, but the Greens have warned that the messy truth will eventually come out.
Australian Greens foreign affairs spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam co-sponsored the motion with Senator Nick Xenophon, seeking to have the passport of a key witness returned so that he can give evidence in international arbitration brought by the Government of Timor Leste.
Greens Energy spokesperson Adam Bandt MP said today that while Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has committed to double clean energy research and development in Paris, his government is set to slash over $23 billion of public investment, and much more in private investment, in clean energy by sticking with their plans to abolish the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC).
Responding to news that the Turnbull government has committed to double research & development investment on clean energy over the next five years, the Australian Greens today called on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to ditch his government’s plans to abolish ARENA and the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC), and instead double their budgets.
Prime Minister Turnbull’s pledge of $1 billion over five years to combat climate change is not only inadequate but it is also dishonest, Greens overseas aid spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said today.