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Senate must stop Abbott from putting mining companies above the law

The Australian Greens are urging the Senate to block the Abbott Government's bill to gut public enforcement of environment law now being debated in the Lower House.

Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and environment and climate change spokesperson, said:

"Tony Abbott and George Brandis want to put big mining companies above the law and stop Australians who care about the environment and climate from upholding the law.

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Barnaby Joyce redfaced on giant Chinese coal mine set to go ahead in his electorate

Minister for Agriculture Barnaby Joyce was embarrassed in Question Time today when Deputy Greens Leader Adam Bandt MP asked him whether the giant Chinese-owned Shenhua Watermark coal mine set to go ahead in his own electorate demonstrates the failure of the National Party to stand up for farmers against the mining industry.

“Today Barnaby Joyce revealed that when it comes to protecting some of Australia’s most fertile farmland, he is all talk and no action,” Mr Bandt said.

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Tony Abbott must dump Maurice Newman: Bandt

Maurice Newman's latest comments on climate change are almost deranged and an embarrassment to the government, leaving Tony Abbott no choice but to dump him as head of the Prime Minister's Business Advisory Council, Acting Greens Leader Adam Bandt said today.

"Maurice Newman's latest statements are channelling the flat earth commentary of a lunatic fringe," Mr Bandt said.

"They are almost deranged and an embarrassment to the government. Tony Abbott needs to repudiate these views and dump Mr Newman from his business advisory council.

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Abbott should axe miners’ fuel subsidies first: Bandt

Responding to reports Tony Abbott is planning to make petrol more expensive, Greens Deputy Leader, Adam Bandt, said Tony Abbott should end fuel subsidies for wealthy miners first.

"Taxpayers shouldn't fork out billions each year just so the likes of Gina Rinehart can buy cheap diesel," said Mr Bandt.

"How can Tony Abbott justify making people pay more for petrol while giving wealthy miners subsidised fuel?"

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Axe $13 billion in fossil-fuel subsidies: Greens

The Greens today said a report from the Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO) makes clear that Tony Abbott can raise more than $13 billion without hurting vulnerable Australians.

The PBO report details how, by ending taxpayer subsidies to ‘big mining’ and the likes of Gina Rinehart, the Abbott Government wouldn’t need to go after pensioners, disabled people and Medicare, said acting Greens Leader, Adam Bandt.

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Abbott secret plan environmental disaster: Greens

Tony Abbott's double dissolution agenda and secret policy revealed today would be a disaster for the climate and the environment, Greens Deputy Leader, Adam Bandt MP and environment spokesperson Senator Larissa Waters said today.
 
Labor needs to give a clear commitment before the election that they won't be spooked into caving in to the Abbott agenda because of the double dissolution threat, Mr Bandt said.
 

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Brown coal compensation must be reviewed

The over generous compensation to the high greenhouse gas emitting brown coal generators is shocking but comes as no surprise and must be reviewed by the Federal Government, Senator Christine Milne said today.

The whole point of the Clean Energy Package was to drive transition away from the dirtiest brown coal emitters not to prop them up and delay a clean renewable energy future. 

"Professor Ross Garnaut and I both argued passionately against the $5 billion compensation package, arguing that it was a shocking waste of money," Senator Milne said.

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We will close miners asset loop hole: Greens

The Greens currently have a bill before House and the Senate which would close the royalties loopholes. The Greens will now also move amendments to close additional loopholes in the mining tax, which allow mining companies to exaggerate the value of their assets to get a higher tax break.

Closing the depreciation loophole, which allows the big miners to deduct the market value of existing assets over many years instead of deducting the book value over 5 years, could eventually save almost $2 billion a year in lost revenue.

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