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Speech on Airports Amendment Bill

I rise to briefly speak on the Airports Amendment Bill 2018. I support the remarks made by my colleague Senator Rice on this bill. This bill actually weakens planning regulations and community consultation processes for federally-leased airports. I'll get straight to the point: Western Sydney Airport in New South Wales. The Western Sydney Airport is a complete scam being foisted on the people of Western Sydney by the federal government and by the state government in New South Wales. The people of Western Sydney are being totally conned.

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Speech: Climate Change

'Get your hands off it, Prime Minister.' That was the banner that Greenpeace tied to the flagpoles in front of this very building this week, calling on Australia's latest Prime Minister to break his addiction to coal. We remember well Scott Morrison, the then Treasurer, entering the House of Representatives jovially waving around a lump of coal. But, Prime Minister, this is no joke. Our planet is cooking, and we have a Prime Minister who is not willing to take any concrete action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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Shocking new evidence reveals extent of Australia’s wildlife crisis

Janet Rice 7 Sep 2018

The government should hang its head in shame on Threatened Species Day today, say The Greens. Dozens of expert submissions to the Senate Inquiry into Animal Extinction have outlined the staggering numbers of animals and birds hurtling towards extinction and how the government is culpable.

“The evidence received by our inquiry so far shows that creature after creature from Leadbeater’s Possums to Black-Throated Finches are only just hanging in there, their lives on the brink,” said Greens Senator Janet Rice, Chair of the Inquiry.

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Speech: Matters of Public Importance - Turnbull Government

The Turnbull government's relentless negativity and inability to focus on the issues that Australians care about has not come about because of the dysfunction of the last three days; it has been a hallmark throughout their time in government. No matter who takes the helm of the Liberal-National government, their policies will continue to wreak havoc on the Australian people. Their destructive agenda is one of a government that works for the big end of town at the expense of its people and the environment.

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The Bight must be protected, not exploited by big fossil fuels

The fossil fuels industry is spruiking an economic boon that would benefit them, not South Australians, if oil and gas drilling were to go ahead in the Great Australian Bight, the Australian Greens say.

“The fossil fuels industry wants drilling to go ahead because they are the ones who will profit – these multinational companies are seeking to risk the Great Australian Bight and send the profits offshore,” Greens Senator for South Australia Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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Notice of Motion

26 June 2018

Notice of Motion

 

Mr President,

I give notice that on the next day of sitting I shall move that the Senate –

(a)  Notes that

(i) over 36 000 hectares have been earmarked to be bulldozed in catchments flowing into the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park under permits brought in under the previous Liberal National Party government in Queensland;

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