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Greens concern at Iran’s crackdown on dissent

Senator Richard Di Natale, leader of the Australian Greens and Spokesperson for Foreign Affairs, said the Australian Greens remain deeply concerned at the recent crackdown on dissent in Iran, with official reports of at least 22 protesters killed and more than 1,000 Iranians detained.

“As a State Party to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, Iran must uphold its citizens rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and freedom of expression”, Senator Di Natale said.

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Minerals Council’s tax report belongs in fiction section of Australian libraries but let’s use it to have a genuine debate about the costs of mining

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Gina Rinehart and QLD Labor: prepare for a community backlash

Queensland Greens Senator Andrew Bartlett is warning Gina Rinehart and QLD Labor to prepare for the same community backlash that has all but killed the Adani Carmichael Mine in light of the GVK Hancock mining company’s proposal for a new coal mine in the Galilee Basin.

"Gina Rinehart and QLD Labor should prepare for their offices to be blockaded and flooded with calls of protest, and get ready to cop widespread public criticism if they continue to push their coal barrow.

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Qld Labor betrays us by extending coal mining lease another 25 years

The state Labor government’s decision to issue a lease to extend the life of the Boundary Hill coal mine betrays Queenslanders while serving the interests of the Labor Party’s paymasters in the fossil fuel industry says Queensland Greens Senator and spokesperson for Mining and Resources, Andrew Bartlett.  

"Coal kills. If we don’t invest in renewable, clean energy,  parts of Queensland will become unlivable, natural disasters will be far worse and farming will be devastated.

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Manus Island crisis re-escalates

The federal government's neglect of refugees and people seeking asylum on Manus Island has led to a re-escalation of tension and danger, Greens Immigration Spokesperson Nick McKim says.

"For the last few days access to two facilities where more than 250 refugees and people seeking asylum are living has been blocked by the landowners who are in dispute with the PNG Immigration department and contractors," Senator McKim said.

 

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QLD Labor hoodwinking Cairns community over secretive $1bn waterfront development proposal

QLD Labor hoodwinking Cairns community over secretive $1bn waterfront development proposal

QLD Labor are hosting their farcical two week community consultation pop-up shop over the holiday break as a deliberate plot to strip the people of Cairns their right to have a say in the future of their own community.

The local community has a right to a fair and transparent consultation on the future of their city, yet as her first act as Minister for Tourism, Kate Jones will be pulling the wool over their eyes.

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Fossil fuel giant BHP turns away from coal, Turnbull needs to stop and smell the carbon

Fossil fuel giant BHP turns away from coal, Turnbull needs to stop and smell the carbon

The Turnbull government’s attempts to deny the death of coal is unlikely to survive another year, as the world’s largest mining company, BHP Billiton, is set to abandon the climate-denying lobbyists in the World Coal Association.

It’s a damning reflection of how broken our political system is that even fossil fuel industry giants are rapidly turning away from coal, yet our politicians continue to invest in and defend it.

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Dark day for river communities and Murray Darling Basin

Today is a dark day for the Murray Darling Basin in light of Queensland national MP David Littleproud taking on the water portfolio, and Victoria and NSW attempting to block delivering 450GL of desperately-needed environmental water, as previously agreed upon.

“South Australians who have been crying out for a change, and for the environmental needs of the Murray Darling Basin have been let down today by the Federal, Victorian and NSW governments,” Greens water spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.  

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