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Auditors' report shows Abbot Point dumping permit approval shonky – GBRMPA should have funding to fix the process

The Australian National Audit Office's report into Great Barrier Reef permits reveals a sloppy approvals process, especially in the case of the Abbot Point dumping permit.

"The audit shows the incredibly sloppy process that led to the Abbot Point offshore dumping permit being granted without enough time or information," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.  

"This vindicates why the community with the Greens campaigned successfully to cancel the offshore Abbot Point dumping permit.

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Senate unanimously calls for federal funding to save cassowary from extinction

The Senate has unanimously passed an Australian Greens' motion calling for urgent federal funding for cassowary conservation and rehabilitation.  

Queensland Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and environment spokesperson, said:

"We're pleased that all Senators supported the Greens' motion, and that in response to the motion the federal government said it would write to the state government about funding.

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Senate Inquiry report recommends Abbott Government reverse completely de-funding Environmental Defenders Offices

The Senate Inquiry into the Abbott Government's attacks on the environment has reported this afternoon with recommendations to reinstate funding for Environmental Defenders' Offices and conservation projects.

In Additional Comments, the Australian Greens recommended the government abandon its ideological attack on the deductible gift recipient status of environment organisations.

The Greens also recommended the Abbott Government remove its gag clauses in funding agreements with environment organisations.

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Greens move for Senate Inquiry into fossil fuel influence over politics

The Australian Greens will move for a Senate Inquiry into the fossil fuel industry's influence over politics, as the House of Representatives inquiry hearings into removing tax deductibility from environment groups begin today.

Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and climate and environment spokesperson, who will lodge Terms of Reference for the Inquiry in the Senate today, said:

"The Abbott Government is out to destroy the environment and those who seek to protect it, on behalf of its big fossil fuel industry mates.

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Greens stand with Environmental Defenders Office as the Barnett government’s list of environmental failures grows again

The Australian Greens have thrown their weight behind a community funding campaign to save the WA Environmental Defenders Office after confirmation that all state funding will be terminated.

"The Greens strongly support the Environmental Defenders Office and we are joining with the community to support them after this disgraceful decision from the government," Senator Scott Ludlam, Australian Greens deputy leader said today.

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Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority says Shen Neng shipwreck clean-up is urgent but there’s no funding

Questioning by the Australian Greens in Senate Estimates has exposed the urgent need to clean up the Shen Neng shipwreck in the Great Barrier Reef.

"Five years after the Shen Neng coal ship ran into Douglas Shoal in the Great Barrier Reef, the wreck is still poisoning the Reef with toxic anti-foulant," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader, said.

"But the Australian and Queensland governments have failed to provide funding for the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority to clean it up.

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Australian Greens Deputy Leader Senator Larissa Waters comments on the Palaszczuk Government's announcement today that studies for the environmental impact statement for Abbot Point have begun:

"Climate change is the biggest threat the Great Barrier Reef faces and exporting hundreds of mega tonnes of coal through the Reef itself will make it much worse.

"We simply should not be building one of the world's largest coal ports in the Great Barrier Reef in an age of climate change, especially when we have renewable alternatives.

"Renewable energy has the potential to create far more jobs for Queenslanders and the big parties should stop browning down the Renewable Energy Target.

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