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Labor fails to knock back Abbot Point dredging and dumping

Larissa Waters 9 Aug 2013

Labor has today failed to knock back the Abbot Point coal port expansion proposal to dump millions of cubic metres of dredge spoil on the Great Barrier Reef, say the Australian Greens.

“The Reef didn’t need another deferral from Labor today – this threat needed to be ruled out once and for all,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.

“The Reef must not be used as a dump ground for the big mining companies.

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Queensland Resources Council’s reef spin won’t work

Larissa Waters 25 Jul 2013

Queenslanders won't be fooled by the desperate spin campaign launched by the Queensland Resources Council today to downplay the damage the big mining companies are inflicting on the Great Barrier Reef, say the Australian Greens.

"This is desperate PR spin from the Queensland Resources Council that shows community opposition to big mining companies trashing the reef is being heard," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.

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Greens Fight to Keep Wild Rivers Running Free

Larissa Waters 12 Jul 2013

The Australian Greens announced a plan to protect wild rivers under national environment law today in Cairns.

"In the face of Campbell Newman winding back wild rivers protection and Tony Abbott campaigning on plans to dam northern rivers for the big mining companies and agribusiness, the Greens will fight to keep our wild rivers running free," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.

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We can’t leave Abbot Point up to Tony Abbott

Larissa Waters 9 Jul 2013

The Australian Greens are urging Environment Minister Butler to reject the dredging and dumping proposal for the Abbot Point coal port expansion before the election, after he deferred a decision on the project today.

"The Abbot Point coal port expansion would see up to 3 million cubic metres of sediment dumped in our precious Great Barrier Reef all because it's cheaper for the big mining companies than land disposal," Senator Larisa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.

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New Environment Minister's first Great Barrier Reef test

Larissa Waters 8 Jul 2013

New federal Environment Minister Mark Butler is due tomorrow to decide on a proposal to dump masses of sediment in the Great Barrier Reef for the expansion of the Abbot Point coal port.

“This is another type of Abbot that Labor should oppose – the Abbot Point coal port expansion would see up to 3 million cubic metres of sediment dumped in our precious Great Barrier Reef all because it’s cheaper for the big mining companies than land disposal,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.

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New Environment Minister must commit to act on national parks and the Great Barrier Reef

Larissa Waters 1 Jul 2013

The Australian Greens today welcomed Mark Butler’s appointment to the environment portfolio, calling on him to commit to acting on key environment issues where Labor has been all talk and no action in the past.

“Labor has been all talk and no action on protecting national parks from logging, mining and grazing and on protecting the Great Barrier Reef from being used as a dumping ground for dredge spoil by the big mining companies,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.

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Labor must stop Abbot (Point) dumping

Larissa Waters 27 Jun 2013

The Australian Greens today wrote to the Environment Minster urging him to reject the dredging and dumping proposal to expand Abbot Point coal port in the Great Barrier Reef, after Labor supported a Greens motion to stop Reef dumping in the Senate yesterday.

“After approving millions of tonnes of sediment to be dumped in the Great Barrier Reef, Labor appeared to have a sudden change of heart in the Senate yesterday and supported my motion to stop Reef dumping,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.

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