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Sanjeev Gupta shows up Coalition Government on energy leadership

GFG’s announcement to transform Whyalla into a renewable energy super power shows the Coalition Government’s lack of leadership is letting Australians down. 

“This is the leadership Australia needs to transition to a new, clean economy,” Greens Senator for South Australia Sarah Hanson-Young said. 

“Sanjeev Gupta’s announcement shows environmental responsibility for a typically dirty industry. This record-investment in renewable energy, sustainable horticulture and recycling thrusts Whyalla into the future and proves the Government wrong on renewables. 

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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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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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Australia needs environmental laws with teeth to tackle pollution crisis

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Friday, November 16, 2018

 

Australia needs environmental laws with teeth to tackle pollution crisis

 

The Australian Conservation Foundation’s nation-wide air pollution report today proves our national environmental laws do not go far enough to protect us from harmful pollution.

 

“Our environmental laws are not up to scratch. We need environmental laws with teeth and national standards that view every Australian as equal, no matter where they live,” Greens environment spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

 

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Drilling ban vital as Bight oil spill risks grow

Leaked documents from Equinor’s own oil spill data that show oil could reach Sydney beaches are a wake-up call to all Australians, the Greens say.

 

“This internal report shows oil and sludge would devastate Australia’s southern coastline, all the way up to Sydney’s beaches. It must be stopped,” Greens environment spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

 

“This alarming new data must put to bed any consideration for allowing oil and gas drilling in the Great Australian Bight. It has serious dangers for almost all Australian states.

 

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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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