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Exporting rare Australian birds must be halted and investigated: Greens

The Australian Greens are calling for an immediate halt to the export of native animals, and an independent inquiry into how hundreds of endangered and rare Australian birds have been exported for sale.

 

“Reports this week that rare and endangered birds are being sold to shady dealers, with the approval of the Federal Government, are shocking and must be independently investigated,"  Greens Environment and Trade spokesperson Sarah Hanson-Young said.

 

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Major parties ignore climate change impacts on the Murray

The Labor and Liberal parties have refused to support including the impacts of climate change in the flawed Murray Darling Basin Plan in the Senate today.

 

“Labor says they’re taking climate change seriously, but they refuse to acknowledge it affects the Murray Darling Basin,” Greens water spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

 

“A party that takes climate change seriously does not side with an anti-science, climate denying Government to sell out the Murray.

 

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Senate backs Greens call for serious action on biodiversity management

Australia must strengthen environmental laws, backed up by real investment, if it is to heed the recommendations of last week’s UN Biodiversity Conference in Egypt.

 

“The Senate has heard the UN’s clear signal to the world that our planet is in the midst of an extinction crisis,” Greens environment spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

 

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Greens back young people striking for climate action

South Australian Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young stands in solidarity with the young people striking for climate action in Adelaide today.

 

“The young people striking today give me great hope that the planet will be in good hands in the future, but we need to pass on something worth fighting for,” Senator Hanson-Young said.

 

“Queensland is on fire, Sydney is under water and farmers are facing extreme drought. Young people are showing more leadership on climate change than the Morrison Government.

 

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Liberal Government inaction on climate is dooming our natural environment

The Senate has backed  a Greens’ motion declaring climate change is the biggest threat to life on our planet, calling on the Liberal Government to implement serious climate and energy policy.

 

“The biggest threat to humanity and life on this planet is climate change, and still the Liberal Government don’t have a plan to reduce pollution,” Greens environment spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

 

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Minister Canavan is recklessly misleading the public on petrol prices: Greens

Resources Minister Matt Canavan is misleading the Australian people by linking petrol prices to drilling for oil in the Great Australian Bight, the Greens say.

 

 “Saying that letting big oil drill in the Bight will lower petrol prices is plainly wrong and highly misleading,” Greens environment spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

“The Minister is either deliberately lying, or he doesn’t know what he’s talking about by trying to link current petrol prices to the push for drilling for oil in the Great Australian Bight.

 

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Labor’s environment plan missing key parts

Members of the Labor Party agitating for improving their stance on the environment must fight for investment, and change on the party’s stance on fossil fuels, if they are to take a strong policy to the next election.

 

“The real test will be how much they are willing to prioritise funding to protect and restore the environment. If they are on the side of protecting our natural environment, it will need investment,” Greens environment spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

 

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While the extinction crisis deepens our Environment Minister is in hiding

Australia’s Environment Minister has let the public down yet again with her silence on the WWF’s damning report into human-driven mass extinction, the Greens say.

 

“Today’s WWF report is harrowing. But, as usual, we have not heard a peep from our Environment Minister Melissa Price on how the Liberal Government is going to act,” Greens environment spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

 

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Scathing Royal Commission evidence puts MDBA on notice

The final submission to the Murray Darling Basin Royal Commission will send shockwaves throughout Basin communities and should be seen as a warning signal to those doing the wrong thing in water bureaucracy, state and federal governments and corporate irrigation. 

 

“The Murray Darling Basin Authority has set the Murray Darling Basin Plan up to fail,” Greens water spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said. 

 

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