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Plibersek must stick to Murray-Darling Basin Plan at Water Ministers meeting tomorrow

The Greens are calling on Federal Water Minister Tanya Plibersek to stick to the Murray-Darling Basin Plan at tomorrow's Ministerial Council meeting in Canberra, and pull NSW and Vic into line and announce voluntary buybacks are back on the table. 

Greens Spokesperson for Environment and Water and Senator for South Australia Sarah Hanson-Young has been calling for a MinCo to be held as a priority under the new Labor Government. 

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Plibersek should rule out BHP Peak Downs mine expansion in koala habitat immediately

The Greens are calling on Environment Minister Tanya Plibersek to immediately rule out approving BHP’s proposed Peak Downs coal mine expansion in Queensland.

The expansion is slated cover 4,000 hectares and will involve clearing habitat for the endangered koala, greater glider and other threatened species.

Greens Spokesperson for the Environment Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said:

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Zero extinction unachievable with new coal and gas

The Albanese Labor Government will fail to achieve its 'no new extinctions' objective if it continues to open new coal and gas projects, the Greens say. 
With habitat clearing and the climate crisis the biggest threat to Australia's native species, the Greens are urging Labor to support their bills for a moratorium on habitat clearing and a Climate Trigger to assess polluting projects for the impact of their emissions on the climate. 
Greens Spokesperson for the Environment Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said:

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Call for Senate Committee to reconvene questioning on Holgate sacking with revelations Morrison was secret shareholder minister

The Greens will ask the Senate Environment and Communications Committee which held an inquiry into the sacking of Australia Post CEO Christine Holgate to reconvene questioning of the departments and ministers involved, after revelations former PM Scott Morrison was a shareholder minister at the time. 

In 2020, Scott Morrison called on Ms Holgate to resign after it was revealed she gave Cartier watches to Australia Post executives, saying she should stand aside “or she can go”, raising questions of political interference by the former PM. 

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WESA Report - Greens call for water buybacks

Responding to the release of the Second Water for the Environment Special Account (WESA) Report, Greens Spokesperson for the Environment and Water, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said:

“This Report bells the cat – the Liberal-National Party have spent a decade ripping off both the taxpayer and the environment, failing to deliver water to the River and instead funnelling billions of dollars into bogus projects. 

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State of the Environment: Greens push to halt extinction and for 'Climate Trigger'

The Greens are urging the Albanese Government to stop approving new mines and developments in threatened species habitat to halt extinction and to establish a ‘climate trigger’ to assess the emissions of polluting projects.

The Greens’ push coincides with the long-awaited release of the State of the Environment Report. 

Greens Environment Spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said:

“This Report is a devastating assessment of the state of Australia’s environment. It shows a litany of environmental wreckage fuelled by climate change and years of denial and neglect. 

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Environment Minister must rule out new coal projects

The Federal Environment Minister must rule out approving the 27 new coal projects set to come across her desk according to analysis by the Sunrise Project, the Greens say.

Greens Environment Spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said:

“Approving new coal and gas mines that pollute the environment and make climate change worse is a climate crime.

"The Environment Minister needs to stare down the fossil fuel lobby and take a stand for our environment. 

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Scarborough court bid highlights need for climate trigger

The Federal Court bid by the Australian Conservation Foundation to stop Woodside Energy’s Scarborough gas project until its impact on the Great Barrier Reef is assessed, highlights the need for a climate trigger to assess the impact of polluting projects, the Greens say.

Greens Environment Spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said:

"We must stop making climate change worse and that means we stop making pollution worse. Yet environmental approvals don't even consider the impact of a polluting mine or development on the climate. 

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Australian Greens announce portfolios for 47th Parliament

Adam Bandt 17 Jun 2022

The Australian Greens Leader, Adam Bandt, has announced the party’s updated portfolio allocation for the upcoming 47th Parliament, ahead of the first sittings in July.

Presented to yesterday evening’s Party Room, the new allocation gives newly elected MPs and Senators the power to progress the issues they were elected to advance, while recognising the years of experience behind the Greens existing portfolio holders.

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