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Simms in the Senate Update - June 2016

This edition of Simms in the Senate covers Senator Robert Simms' recent work on promoting green jobs for SA, protecting the Great Australian Bight, standing with the community against a nuclear waste dump in regional SA, phasing out live animal export, and the latest campaign news on marriage equality, Safe Schools, tertiary education, and more.

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The Greens congratulate the Western Downs Alliance for their legal challenge to ensure the water trigger is enforced against CSG in western Queensland.

The Greens congratulate the Western Downs Alliance for their legal challenge to ensure the water trigger is enforced against CSG in western Queensland.

"It appears Minister Hunt has ignored the impacts of CSG on water in approving Santos' project to drill 6,100 CSG wells in Queensland," Qld Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens mining spokesperson, said.  

"It has been left to the community to make sure our water trigger is enforced by taking the Minister to court.

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Greens commit to ground-breaking $2 billion fund to fix Reef water quality

The Greens today announced a plan to protect the Great Barrier Reef, including a $2 billion fund and a legal cap on run-off pollution fix water quality, as well as action on global warming and a stronger role for the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.

Greens Deputy Leader Senator Larissa Waters said:

“This is the critical election for the Reef.  Our best scientists are telling us that could lose the Reef within a generation unless we take immediate action on global warming and fixing water quality.  

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BP must abandon its plans to drill in the Great Australian Bight: Greens

Greens Senator for South Australia Robert Simms is calling on BP to abandon its plans to drill in the Great Australian Bight after its secret environmental plan was knocked back by NOPSEMA a second time.

"It's clear BP aren't respecting of the precious Great Australian Bight environment as once again NOPSEMA determine that BP's shoddy environmental plan requires modifications," Senator Simms said.

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BP shareholders must challenge company on environmentally risky plans for Bight

Greens Senator for South Australia Robert Simms says shareholders should raise concerns with BP over its environmentally risky plan to drill for oil in the Great Australian Bight.

BP is holding its Annual General Meeting today in London. A Climate Analytics report also released today stated an oil spill would be "devastating for South Australia's $442 million fishing industry and its tourism industries in coastal regions, worth more than $1 billion and decimate the rich and many endangered creatures of this ocean".

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Peabody bankruptcy shows need for rehabilitation bonds and transition planning

With Peabody filing for bankruptcy today in the US, the Queensland and New South Wales governments must urgently secure outstanding rehabilitation bonds from the company.

Qld Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and mining spokesperson, said:

"The state regulators must urgently secure adequate rehabilitation bonds from Peabody for their Queensland and New South Wales mines.

"We need this rehabilitation money in place before coal companies go bust so it can fund local jobs in site rehabilitation for workers who are laid off.

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Anglo’s Foxleigh mine sale another reason to act on rehab, despite mining lobby’s squeals

Reports that Anglo American is selling the Foxleigh coal mine at Middlemount to Sydney's Taurus Fund Management is more evidence of the need for the Chain of Responsibility Bill, as well as broader reforms.   

Qld Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and mining spokesperson, said:

"It has already taken too long for the state government to put forward laws to stop taxpayers footing the bill to clean up mess left by big mining companies.  

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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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