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$500,000 gun lobby donations puts public safety at risk

MEDIA RELEASE - 24 November 2017

$500,000 gun lobby donations puts public safety at risk

The Greens have renewed their call to ban political donations from the gun lobby following the release of data that shows firearm interest groups have donated close to $500,000 to political parties.

"Community safety is at risk if the gun lobby is free to hand over money to political parties and then lobby those same parties to weaken gun control measures," Greens gun control spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said.

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Senate must reject plan to plunge Murray-Darling into further crisis

The Australian Greens have slammed the New South Wales and Federal Governments and the Murray Darling Basin Authority for turning a blind eye to rampant water theft that has devastated river communities.

“It’s a travesty that greedy corporate irrigators are taking more than they need upstream and leaving downstream communities high and dry, on the watch of the NSW and Federal Governments and the Murray Darling Basin Authority. This is real, it is happening now, and it needs to be seriously addressed,” Greens Murray Darling Basin spokesperson Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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Coal unreliable and Alinta spending a billion on a ‘stranded asset’

Coal unreliable and Alinta spending a billion on a ‘stranded asset’

Greens climate change and energy spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today said that Alinta’s decision to spend over a billion dollars to purchase a dirty coal-fired power station will come back to haunt them.

“Victoria can’t rely on coal,” said Mr Bandt.

“Coal-fired power stations are struggling with the heat.

“We also need to retire one coal-fired power station a year until 2030 to meet the Paris Agreement goals.

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Dutton's escalation of Manus Island crisis

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has again escalated the Manus Island humanitarian emergency by ordering the use of force against innocent people.

"Dutton tried to starve and dehydrate the men out of his prison, now he's using violence to try to force them out," Greens Immigration Spokesperson Senator Nick McKim said.

"What is happening on Manus Island is an blatant abuse of people's rights by a minister who has abandoned all sense of human decency."

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All MPs must stare down Nationals call to import American gun culture

All members of Parliament in this country must put community safety first and stare down the Nationals call for self-defence to be considered a valid reason to own a gun.

Australia is fortunate enough to have some of the strongest gun laws in the world, allowing access to guns for self-defence would import America’s dangerous gun culture.

Greens  NSW Senator and Gun Control Spokesperson Lee Rhiannon said:

“The Prime Minister needs to grow a spine, stand up to the Nationals and reinforce his government’s commitment to the National Firearms Agreement.

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Modelling confirms NEG sabotages renewables

Modelling confirms NEG sabotages renewables

Greens climate change and energy spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today said that the latest modelling for the proposed ‘National Energy Guarantee’ confirms that the NEG sabotages investment in renewables.

“This modelling shows that the ‘NEG’ would come in like a wrecking ball to smash investment in renewables,” said Mr Bandt.

“According to the modelling, the NEG will only add an extra 1% of renewable capacity to 2030 compared with doing nothing at all.

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Extreme weather report predicts massive damage, even without climate change

Extreme weather report predicts massive damage, even without climate change

Greens climate change spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today commented on a report by the Australian Business Roundtable for Disaster Resilience & Safer Communities, which warned that the economic cost of extreme weather could reach $39 billion per year by 2050 – without considering any additional impact from climate change.

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