Resources, Mining & CSG

The Australian Greens want a strong and diverse economy that sets us up for the long term and does not undermine our environment and the wellbeing of our communities.

The Greens want our future energy needs to be met using renewable energy. Continued reliance on polluting fossil fuels such coal and coal seam gas is destroying our environment, risking our food security, skewing the economy and affecting local communities.

Senior Treasury officials have refuted industry spin about job creation and the claims that the benefits of the mining boom are universal.

The Greens are taking action in the community and in the Parliament with bills to strengthen our national laws to protect our precious water resources, farmland, rural communities and environment from the impacts of rapacious mining.

Sign up to find out more about our work to protect our land, water, climate and communities from Coal Seam Gas mining.

 

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Senator Waters: Climate Change - Matter of Public Importance Speech

18 Nov 2014

I rise to speak on this matter of public importance about our Prime Minister's continued denial of the reality of climate change and his continued mealy-mouthed approach to meeting our global responsibilities to assist countries that will suffer from our profligate use of fossil fuels. I am from Queensland, where it has been obvious to all both observing and protesting against the Prime Minister's refusal to put climate change on the G20 agenda that he was totally out of step with the world and out of step with community expectations. Of course, when China and the US reached agreement on emissions targets the Prime Minister was totally gazumped and shown for the laggard and the spoiler that he is.

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Australia only second to US in G20 in propping up dying fossil fuel industry with billions

11 Nov 2014

An international report out today, ‘The Fossil Fuel bailout: G20 subsidies for oil, gas and coal exploration’, shows the Abbott Government is giving the big mining companies billions of dollars in fossil fuel subsidies.               

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Greens congratulate Douglas Shire on CSG ban

05 Nov 2014

The Australian Greens congratulate the Douglas Shire Council for becoming a Lock the Gate supportive shire and opposing coal seam gas.  

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Greens Senator shines a light on western Victoria’s community campaign against unconventional gas in the federal Parliament

30 Oct 2014

Queensland Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens mining spokesperson, has raised the expansion of unconventional gas in western Victoria as a Matter of Public Importance in the federal Senate.

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Abbott Government’s “coal is good” mantra ignores science, economics and health impacts

28 Oct 2014

The Abbott Government is ignoring science, economic reality and global health impacts in its push to export coal through the Great Barrier Reef, as demonstrated in Question Time in the Senate today.          

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Coal provides just 1.2% of Qld jobs and threatens job-rich agriculture and tourism

17 Oct 2014

The Australian Greens welcome The Australia Institute’s report out today showing how overblown the coal industry’s contribution to jobs is in Queensland.

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PM Abbott’s ‘coal is good for humanity’ comment ludicrous and dangerous

13 Oct 2014

Tony Abbott’s comment today, that ‘coal is good for humanity,’ while opening the Caval Ridge coalmine in Moranbah shows the Prime Minister is completely out of touch with the reality of the climate crisis we face.

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Greens say China trade barriers a grim warning to Abbott: don’t lock us into a doomed coal future

10 Oct 2014

Greens Leader Christine Milne says the reaction to trade barriers imposed by China on coal imports highlights the risks attached to the Abbott government's determination to protect old industry and big business profits.

"It's clear the main reason the Abbott government wants a Chinese free trade deal is to underpin coal mining expansion in the Bowen and Galilee Basins and expanded export volumes into the long term. Protecting the profits of the vested interests of the big end of town is his specialty," Senator Milne said.

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Christine Milne: Senate inquiry into electricity bill price hikes [Motion]

02 Oct 2014

The Australian Greens Leader, Senator Christine Milne, introduces a motion into the senate to establish a senate inquiry into whether electricity companies have provided misleading data to the Australian Energy Regulator in setting their prices.

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Greens secure agreement with PUP to save federal environment protections from Tony Abbott’s one-stop shop and a Senate investigation into Newman and Bligh governments’ environment attacks

30 Sep 2014

The Australian Greens are proud to have secured an agreement with the Palmer United Party to block Tony Abbott's plan to hand federal approval powers over to state governments and to have improved the Senate Inquiry into Queensland so that it can investigate environmental attacks of both the Newman and Bligh governments.

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