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Senator Waters, Australian Greens mining spokesperson, comments on the Queensland Government’s reported job offer to Ian Macfarlane as Resources Commissioner:

"Yet again, we see there is no difference between the old parties on digging up fossil fuels to ruin our Great Barrier Reef.

"The Labor Government wants to take advice from a former Liberal Minister who infamously said - 'We've got to make sure that every molecule of gas that can come out of the ground does so'.

"This is a slap in the face for regional Queensland communities dealing with the destruction that coal seam gas and underground coal gasification has wrecked on their wellbeing, land, water and climate.

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BP should cease drilling preparations for Great Australian Bight

Greens Senator for South Australia Robert Simms says BP should cease its preparations to drill for oil and gas in waters off SA.

It was reported today that BP Australia is currently building a supply base in Port Adelaide to serve its desired exploration campaign for oil and gas.

"It's inappropriate and arrogant for BP to be proceeding with the construction of a supply base when they have not been given permission to conduct the drilling," said Senator Simms.

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Anglo American must not palm off duty to provide Central Qld jobs

The Queensland Government must make sure Anglo American does not dodge its responsibility to provide Central Queensland jobs in rehabilitation by selling its unprofitable Callide coal mine to a shelf company.

Anglo American has agreed to sell its mine to a tiny company which has raised only $750,000 from investors. It was reported today that the investment in jobs and equipment to rehabilitate the site may be more than $121 million.  

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Liberal Government watering down environmental conditions for mining mates

Revelations today that the Liberal Government has watered down the environmental conditions of 21 projects, including coal mines, in the past nine months are incredibly concerning.

 

“The Liberal Government is trying to fool communities by saying they have set so-called strict conditions when approving mines that threaten our land, water and climate,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and environment spokesperson, said.

 

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Qld Nickel should have been made to pay for job-intensive rehabilitation of site up front

Revelations that the state government failed to secure a bond for the rehabilitation of the Qld Nickel are deeply disappointing.

"It's disgraceful that the state government failed to secure a bond from the company for the job-intensive rehabilitation of the site," Qld Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader, said.

"If the refinery is shut down, rehabilitation would provide much-needed local jobs and would be essential to protect locals' health, as well as tourism jobs by removing the pollution threat to the Great Barrier Reef.

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Nationals play chameleon in Senate chamber on farmers’ rights to say no to CSG

Nationals Senators have failed to stand by their own claims that they believe landholders should have the right to say no to coal seam gas by voting against on a Greens' Senate motion today.

Queensland Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and mining spokesperson, who put forward the motion, said:

"Our motion included the claims of Warren Truss, Barnaby Joyce, Fiona Nash, Michael McCormack, Andrew Broad, Bridget McKenzie, John Williams and Matthew Canavan.

"But the Nationals Senators failed to stand by those claims and voted against the motion.  

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