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Labor deceived Queenslanders about Adani jobs claim to win the state election

Queensland Greens Senator Andrew Bartlett says Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk’s complaints about non-existent Adani jobs shows their pre-election promises of ample ongoing jobs in the region from new coal mines were concoctions.

"Labor knew the jobs Adani promised were fake well before the election but fed the lie to Queenslanders because they had to pretend they had a plan for regional jobs to win.

Adani’s wildly exaggerated job figures were exposed long ago, with more and more new mines turning to an automated and casualised workforce.

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Nationals and Labor abandon commitment to protecting Liverpool Plains from mining

New England Greens candidate Pete Wills and Greens Senator for NSW Lee Rhiannon have blasted the ALP for their abandonment of NSW Labor leader Luke Foley’s commitment to protecting the New England region from mining.

Senator Rhiannon today moved a motion calling on the government to ‘protect agricultural groundwater systems by placing a moratorium on Commonwealth approval of proposed coal and coal seam gas mining projects on the Liverpool Plains, Namoi Valley and Gunnedah Basin.’

New England Greens candidate Pete Wills worked with Senator Rhiannon on the motion.

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Barnaby Joyce redfaced on giant Chinese coal mine set to go ahead in his electorate

Minister for Agriculture Barnaby Joyce was embarrassed in Question Time today when Deputy Greens Leader Adam Bandt MP asked him whether the giant Chinese-owned Shenhua Watermark coal mine set to go ahead in his own electorate demonstrates the failure of the National Party to stand up for farmers against the mining industry.

“Today Barnaby Joyce revealed that when it comes to protecting some of Australia’s most fertile farmland, he is all talk and no action,” Mr Bandt said.

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Climate warning: PM Abbott leads Australia down a withering garden path

Greens leader Christine Milne says dire projections for Australia in the new CSIRO climate change report must be a wake-up call for the Abbott government and big business, which are harming people and missing huge economic opportunities by refusing to minimise global warming.

"If the natural world is in trouble, then so are we, and the Abbott government's climate denial and policy destruction has got us in serious trouble indeed," said Senator Milne.

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Tarkine value in its ancient, natural state

The argument between economics and conservation is a false dichotomy, writes Christine Milne

TASMANIAN Minerals and Energy Council chairman Wayne Bould's Talking Point article (Mercury, December 18) about the Tarkine could not have been more timely.

It came the day after the Supreme Court found the Environment Protection Authority had not followed the law in allowing a mine to store more hazardous waste than its permit specified.

This was the mine that owners claimed would employ 120 people over three years.

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