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Low returns for Tasmania’s big mining subsidies

A new report out today shows Tasmania is spending $17 million to prop up mining and minerals processing industries, even though low global prices are rendering some mines unviable, said Australian Greens Leader Christine Milne.

"The Australia Institute report shows that for the $17 million in corporate welfare to the miners from the Tasmanian government on roads and other subsidies, we got back just $49 million in royalties," Senator Milne said.

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Greens to seek appeal on KI coast exploration permit

The Australian Greens will explore avenues to appeal a decision allowing seismic testing off the coast of Kangaroo Island.

The application by Canadian company Bight Petroleum to conduct seismic testing as a precursor to oil and gas drilling has been approved by NOPSEMA, despite strong community opposition.

Australian Greens Senator for South Australia Penny Wright said she would explore avenues for appeal when further documents are released.

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Time for serious questions about Shree Minerals Tarkine mine

Shree Minerals has now confirmed its iron ore operation in the Tarkine has been suspended and the Australian Greens say it's clear Tasmania's future is not in mining.

"This cynical political experiment has failed. It's time to stop pretending that destroying the Tarkine will deliver any kind of prosperity to Tasmania," said Greens Leader and Tasmanian Senator Christine Milne.

"Who could forget the pre-election hype from then AWU president Paul Howes, federal minister Tony Burke and Premier Lara Giddings, trying to justify destruction of the Tarkine?

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Rear vision big-business budget to hit poor and sick hardest

The Australian Greens say Tony Abbott's budget has been written for big business and will further divide Australia between the haves and have-nots, especially for sick, young and vulnerable people.

"This is a divisive and brutal budget written in the boardrooms of big business," Greens Leader Christine Milne said.

"Tony Abbott's rhetoric about sharing the burden is a lie. Big business has been quarantined. Young people, the sick and vulnerable take the biggest hit.

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Newman Government cooks planet and ruins Reef for overseas mining profits

Adani's Carmichael mega coal mine, just approved by the Queensland Government, should be refused by federal Minister Hunt for climate, environmental and economic reasons, say the Australian Greens.

"Coal in the Galilee Basin must stay in the ground if we are to deliver a safe climate and a sustainable economy to our grandchildren, rather than just make Campbell Newman's mining mates richer," Australian Greens' mining spokesperson, Senator Larissa Waters, said.

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Tarkine mining jobs lies must be exposed

The mining company that was supposed to bring a jobs boom to northwest Tasmania is coming unstuck, prompting the Australian Greens to once again call for the Tarkine to be protected.

Amid reports that Shree Mining is in serious financial strife, Greens Leader and Tasmanian Senator Christine Milne says it's clear that promised economic and jobs benefits were nothing more than unsubstantiated hype.

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Environmental offsets hearings begin examining the fig leaf covering destruction as usual

The Australian Greens welcome the first public hearings of the Greens initiated Senate inquiry into environmental offsets, in Sydney this morning.

"There's a lot of community and scientific interest in this inquiry, with many Australians outraged that environmental offsets are being used as a tick and flick for destructive developments," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.

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Greens urge Abbott to reject Australia’s biggest underground coalmine

The Australian Greens are today urging the Abbott Government to put protecting our climate and precious water resources ahead of profits for coal barons when considering BHP's application for Australia's biggest underground coalmine.

"With the International Energy Agency advising global emissions have to peak in 2017 if we want to avoid irreversible climate change, it's sheer economic and environmental madness to develop a new mine that won't be online until 2021," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens mining spokesperson, said.

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Greens urge Newman to put the climate before coal

The Australian Greens are calling on the Queensland Environment Minister to put the climate ahead of Gina Rinehart and GVK's Alpha coal mine after the Land Court's decision today.

"Despite finding the mine will have real and "of concern" climate impacts, the court's decision proves that it's high time we change our environmental laws so that this kind of climate destruction cannot be given the green light," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens mining spokesperson, said.

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Regulation bonfire is a smokescreen

The Australian Greens say Tony Abbott is trying to burn up important protections in his so-called regulation bonfire.

"When Tony Abbott has a bonfire of regulations he hides his true agenda in the smoke," Greens Leader Christine Milne said.

"The Prime Minister's rhetoric on this repeal day is all about storytelling and hiding help for his mates. Many of these changes are routine review of redundant regulations, but there are some very bitter pills.

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