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Labor and Coalition join to block Hunter coal health inquiry

November 21st, 2012
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Despite noises of concern from federal MPs in the Hunter about the adverse health impacts of polluting coal dust, Labor and the Coalition have joined forces in the Senate to vote down a motion to establish a Senate Inquiry into the health impacts of coal mining, coal transport and coal export in the Hunter. “Hunter residents will be disappointed that in the Senate, Labor voted against… Read More

Galilee Basin is too frail and precious ecologically to handle coal mining

August 23rd, 2012
Guess who wants to destroy part of Queensland's heritage to satisfy their own greed?

"Federal Minister Tony Burke has tinkered around the edges as usual in setting conditions for the Alpha Coal Mine approval. The Galilee Basin is too frail ecologically to handle coal mining at the scales planned. Cumulative impacts from the high number of mega coal mines proposed for this coal basin have… Read More

PM coal dust concerns lends weight to mining-health inquiry call

August 9th, 2012
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Welcoming Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s call for more scientific investigation of the impact of coal dust on the health of Hunter communities, Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon said the next step should be federal government support for the long running community and Greens’ campaign for a parliamentary investigation into this very issue. “A parliamentary inquiry… Read More

Solution to coal ship queues: no new coalmines

June 25th, 2012
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Commenting on the impacts of the coal industry in the Hunter and Australia’s responsibility to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, Greens Senator for NSW Lee Rhiannon has called for the proposed T4 coal loader to be cancelled not postponed (Newcastle Herald, 25/06/12 http://tiny.cc/buofgw) “The coal and shipping companies executives who are pushing for a fast… Read More

Queensland Government must not approve second mountain of salt

June 15th, 2012

The Queensland Greens have joined a number of environment and community groups in lodging objections to the Arrow Energy Surat Basin Project EIS. ‘This will be the fourth major coal seam gas project for southern Queensland,’ Queensland Greens spokesperson Dr Libby Connors pointed out. In August 2011 the Senate’s Rural Affairs and Transport… Read More

More coal profits and ownership of Australian farmland to China

June 6th, 2012

The decision by Gloucester Coal shareholders to approve a merger with Chinese state-owned company Yancoal Australia paves the way for coal profits and ownership of Hunter farmland to shift offshore, said Green Senator for NSW Lee Rhiannon. Gloucester Coal operates the Stratford and Duralie… Read More

New CSG water impacts research too little too late

May 17th, 2012

The Australian Greens welcome the modelling of the cumulative water impacts of coal seam gas in the Surat Basin, but say the Queensland and Australian Governments should not have issued approvals for CSG before this and other comprehensive scientific research has been done. The Draft Underground Water… Read More

New research could stop Great Barrier Reef coal ports

May 14th, 2012

New research identifying greater dangers for whales from the Government’s plans for increased fossil fuel exports should cause the federal Environment Minister to review existing approvals and press pause on further approvals for controversial port expansions in Queensland, said the Australian Greens. This… Read More

Great Barrier Reef alarm call for World Heritage Day

April 18th, 2012

World Heritage Day is a wake-up call to save the internationally renowned Great Barrier Reef from the devastating impacts of mass dredging, dumping and shipping for fossil fuel exports which the Federal Government’s strategic assessment won’t fix, according to the Australian Greens. “It’s appalling that the greed for fossil fuel exports from… Read More

Mining towns unaffordable for communities while magnates get handouts

April 17th, 2012

Queenslanders in mining towns are increasingly unable to afford housing and other basic necessities while the Labor Government continues to defend its planned tax cuts for big business and mining magnates, according to the Greens. “Instead of addressing these cost of living issues and helping ordinary Queenslanders, the Australian Government is instead planning to hand… Read More

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