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Governments risking In Danger listing of Reef with shoddy UNESCO Reef homework

The Australian Greens say the Australian and Queensland government’s inaction and capitulation to big coal will tempt UNESCO to put the Great Barrier Reef  on the World Heritage In Danger list.

“The Government is risking a fail on their Reef homework to UNESCO by underfunding their ReefPlan, delaying water quality targets, spruiking new coal and ignoring global warming after the worst coral bleaching the Reef has ever seen,” said Australian Greens Deputy Leader and Senator for Queensland, Larissa Waters.

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A plan to save the Reef that ignores global warming is meaningless

The Australian Greens say any plan to save the Great Barrier Reef that ignores global warming is meaningless

“The government’s draft response plan to the “worst ever” bleaching event on the Reef on record reportedly says global warming was the cause but doesn’t include any action or new funding to address it,” said Australian Greens Deputy Leader and Senator for Queensland, Larissa Waters.

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Xenophon sells SA short in water negotiations

The Nick Xenophon Team cannot be trusted to stand up for South Australia, the Australian Greens have said, after it was revealed that Senator Xenophon has removed his demand for additional environmental water in negotiations with the government on the ABCC Bill.

“Nick Xenophon has just sold South Australia down the river,” South Australian Senator and Greens’ water spokesperson, Sarah Hanson-Young said.

“He’s letting South Australia and the River Murray down, just so he can cosy up to the Coalition and help them to rip rights away from hard working Australians.

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Shark nets don't make the ocean safe, especially for marine life

Greens spokesperson for Healthy Oceans, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, has strongly criticised the Federal Environment Minister, Josh Frydenberg for granting a blanket exemption for the NSW government to undertake a shark netting program.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “The Environment Minister is misusing a clause in the EPBC Act that exists to allow communities to respond to national emergencies like bushfires, wars and floods without seeking approval if there might be interactions with endangered species.

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Feds must intervene in Macquarie Harbour salmon farm regulation

Greens spokesperson for Healthy Oceans, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, has used the latest EPA reporting on the state of Macquarie Harbour to write to Federal Environment Minister to ask him to reconsider the 2012 decision that the salmon farming expansion did not require assessment under the EPBC Act.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “In the Senate Inquiry the Greens recommended that if any new information came to light or the impacts identified in the leaked reports are not solved, then the Federal Government needs to step in.

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Senate to explore Australian ‘Battery-Boom’ potential

The potential for an Australian Battery-Boom will be analysed after the Australian Greens established an inquiry into the ‘Resilience of Electricity Infrastructure in a Warming World’.

“Severe storms have battered the southern states in recent weeks and we’ve seen the supply of energy in South Australia take a hit as a result,” Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

“The relentless march of dangerous global warming means that these sorts of extreme weather events will only become more common in the future.

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