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Greens call on Labor not water down its moderate climate ambition

The Australian Greens are concerned Labor is using consultations with business as an excuse to water down its climate pollution reduction targets. 

"There's no arguing with the science, which is clear on the need for deep pollution cuts to avoid catastrophic global warming and economic shocks," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and climate change spokesperson, said.

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Industry serious about large scale solar while Liberal Government threatens to turn out the lights

The Greens say strong industry interest in Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) large-scale solar funding is yet more evidence the Liberal Government must dump its plan to abolish ARENA and the Clean Energy Finance Corporation.

"Industry is clearly keen to get out of old energy seize the exciting job-rich opportunities Australia's vast clean energy potential presents," Senator Richard Di Natale, Australian Greens Leader, said.

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Hunt backs Abbot (Point)

The Australian Greens condemn Minister Hunt's approval of the Queensland Labor Government's plan for a massive coal port in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area at Abbot Point.

"Minister Hunt's dangerous decision is bad news for our Reef, jobs and the climate," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens climate change spokesperson, said.

"The damage ticked off on today includes dredging 1.1 million cubic metres of the Reef floor which will mobilise about 10,000 tonnes of fine sediment, smothering seagrass habitat for dugongs and turtles.

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Company logos don’t belong on our Great Barrier Reef

The Australian Greens condemn the Liberal Government's plan to allow companies to brand the Great Barrier Reef.

Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens climate change spokesperson, said: "What's next, naming rights, like for football stadiums?

"While private donations for Reef protection are welcome they shouldn't be in exchange for advertising rights and they must be on top of adequate public funding, not in place of it.

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Qld budget review ignores economic reality to predict increase in coal royalties

The Palaszczuk Government's budget review is deluded in predicting coal royalties will return to levels only seen at height of the mining boom.

"The Palaszczuk Government is deluded for thinking it can bank on coal into the future," Senator Larissa Waters Australian Greens climate change spokesperson, said.

The budget review forecasts $2.4 billion in coal royalties in 2018-19 - the same amount collected in 2011-12.

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Premier out-of-touch with world on coal and renewables

Premier Palaszczuk's comments on ABC last night that Queensland will always be reliant on coal and her go-slow on the Queensland Renewable Energy Target are at odds with the Paris agreement.

"The Labor Government is proving just as bad as Campbell Newman's when it comes to pushing ahead with new coal mines and they're failing to keep their promises to support renewable energy," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens climate change spokesperson, said.  

"In the lead up to the state election, Labor promised action on a Queensland Renewable Energy Target of 50% by 2030.

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