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Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, comments on the Abbott Government excluding Environmental Defenders Offices from its reversal of funding cuts to community legal centres:

Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, comments on the Abbott Government excluding Environmental Defenders Offices from its reversal of funding cuts to community legal centres:
"The Abbott Government is adding insult to injury by leaving out EDO from its announcement about funding cut reversals.
"Grassroots community groups face a David and Goliath battle in trying to protect their land, water and climate from big coal and gas.

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Will Nationals cross the floor to support Greens’ call for food security and water to be put ahead of coal seam gas?

The Australian Greens will give the Nationals the opportunity to cross the floor on coal seam gas, with a Senate motion for vote tomorrow (Thursday).

"The Nationals say one thing in the community and then do another in Parliament," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens mining spokesperson, said.

"On the Q and A program this week, Nationals Senator Fiona Nash wouldn't answer whether she would cross the floor for a vote on CSG because she said it was a hypothetical question.

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Salmon farm Senate Inquiry to illuminate muddy waters

The Greens spokesperson for Fisheries, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, has welcomed the Senate voting to establish an Inquiry into the sustainability of Tasmania’s salmon farms.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “This Inquiry will help shine some light on some of the murky information that has recently surfaced regarding the sustainability of salmon farms in Tasmania.

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Senator Waters' comments on revelations that the Abbott Government is paying for international journalists to visit the Great Barrier Reef in a misguided attempt to influence the World Heritage Committee's decision on an 'In Danger' listing.

Senator Waters' comments on revelations that the Abbott Government is paying for international journalists to visit the Great Barrier Reef in a misguided attempt to influence the World Heritage Committee's decision on an 'In Danger' listing.

The journalists are from countries that are members of the World Heritage Committee and the program for the visit includes interviews with government, business and industry.

"Sneaky lobbying tactics are not what the Reef needs," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.

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Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens spokesperson for women, comments on the Qld LNP holding its International Women's Day event at the Tattersall's Club:

Larissa Waters 4 Mar 2015

"This is yet another scary insight into the Liberal Party's 1950s views on gender equality.

"That Tony Abbott thinks celebrating International Women's Day at a men's-only club is 'smashing the glass ceiling', once again shows he is unfit to be Minister for Women.
"It's telling that Tattersall's is making a special exemption for the event so that women do not have to show a 'partner card' to gain access.

"This month marks 50 years since women protested in Brisbane against a ban on drinking in public by chaining themselves to the Regatta's public bar.

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Australian Government continues to turn blind eye to pirate fishing vessels in our Antarctic waters

The Greens spokesperson for Fisheries, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson is calling on the Australian government to immediately deploy the Customs vessel ACV Ocean Shield to intercept the two pirate vessels currently illegally fishing off the coast of Australian Antarctic Territory.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “It is not good enough that the Sea Shepherd has had to, yet again, do the Government’s job.

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Millions needed to fix Reef’s water quality but Newman gives money away to big mining companies

New research shows $784 million is needed to improve Great Barrier Reef water quality, even before new the coal mines and ports, supported by the major parties, are built.

“Even though the Reef is already struggling, the Newman Government is set to make its water quality even worse,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.

“The Newman Government is paying to dump the dredge spoil from the Abbot Point port expansion in the Caley Valley wetlands.

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Newman gives mining magnates free rein over Queensland’s precious water

The Newman Government’s legislation, expected to pass today, letting big mining companies use up billions of litres of water without a licence rips off Queenslanders and the environment.

“The Newman Government is letting the big mining companies take all the water they want, regardless of the needs of farmers or the need for environmental flows in the Reef catchment,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.

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