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Government and Labor must abandon watered down cuts to FTB B that will hurt low income families

“The Australian Greens will not support the Government’s cuts to Family Tax Benefit payments that will hurt single parents, grandparents carers and low income coupled families. The Government's package of cuts targets some of the most vulnerable members of our community.

“The Australian Greens will also not support Labor’s proposal for a revised cut that will only target coupled families on a low income with children over 13”, said Australian Greens spokesperson on families, Senator Rachel Siewert.  

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Turnbull takes Abbott’s axe to World Heritage, water and endangered species

The Australian Greens are urging the cross-bench Senators to continue to block the Turnbull Government's plan to give all federal environmental approval powers to state or even local governments.

"It is deeply disappointing that Malcolm Turnbull is pushing Tony Abbott's plan to take an axe to environmental protection," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and environment spokesperson, said.

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Farmers shouldn’t have to go to court to protect water from coal

The Australian Greens congratulate Bruce Currie, Galilee Basin grazier, for standing up for his water and livelihood by legally challenging the Kevin's Corner coal mine.

"It's a disgrace that Mr Currie has to go to court to protect his water and livelihood," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and climate change spokesperson, said.

"The Turnbull and Palaszczuk governments are giving big mining companies priority over Queensland's precious groundwater, even though we're in drought.

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Labor set to break its promise and follow Newman plan to let mining companies suck up groundwater

The Greens condemn moves by the Palaszczuk Government to stick with the Newman Government's plan to give big mining companies free water at the expense of the environment and agriculture.

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

"Pushing ahead with Campbell Newman's plan to let big mining companies suck up as much groundwater as they want for free, without community rights to object, would be a shameful breach of an election promise from Labor.

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Speech: Water Amendment Bill 2015 second reading

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (17:44): The Water Amendment Bill is a sloppy piece of legislation. It is very confusing, and when you sit down and read it you really wonder what the purpose of it is. What is the intent? Clearly the government has an aim here. You start to wonder what the driver is. What is the political interest going on here? What was the intent of the Liberal and National Parties when they came up with this?

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Senator Larissa Waters comments on reports that Prime Minister Abbott may be asked to leave the Pacific Islands Forum or face a walkout by other leaders:

"Tony Abbott should feel deeply ashamed when he is at the Pacific Islands Forum this week," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and climate change spokesperson, said.

"Pacific nations want Australia to be a leader, not a laggard, on climate action.

"Australia is the biggest polluter per capita and Tony Abbott's plan is to keep it that way. Tony Abbott is even letting companies, especially mining companies, increase their pollution without any penalty.

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Senator Waters comments on the government's own modelling showing Tony Abbott over-exaggerated the cost of climate action:

Senator Waters comments on the government's own modelling showing Tony Abbott over-exaggerated the cost of climate action:

"You can't trust Tony Abbott, especially when it comes to climate change," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens climate change spokesperson, said.

"The overdue release of the government's modelling late Friday afternoon reveals that Tony Abbott told Australians the cost of a 40 per cent target was more than four times what was actually modelled.

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Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and climate change spokesperson, comments on the Newman Government spending $2 million on advertising to try and cover up how damaging its attacks on the Great Barrier Reef were:

"Queenslanders clearly saw through this waste of their own money and it's insulting that the Newman Government tried to fool them.

"It was clear to Queenslanders that Campbell Newman was intent on putting coal above the Reef and they booted him out at the election.

"Queenslanders will feel betrayed that the new Labor Government has continued down the track of dredging to turn the Reef into a shipping super highway for coal exports to cook the planet. 

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UCG experiment with Queenslanders’ health, land and water must be stopped

The Queensland Government report that shows underground coal gasification has contaminated prime agricultural land near Chinchilla and reports of investigators becoming sick should spell the end of the industry.

"Governments are using Queensland communities and the prime agricultural land they farm as test bunnies," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader, said.

"It's time to end this toxic experiment with our land, water and people's health that is underground coal gasification and coal seam gas mining alike.

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