Labor should extend CSG ban to other areas of NSW

The Greens NSW mining spokesperson Jeremy Buckingham today called on the Labor Party to extend their unconventional gas ban in the Northern Rivers to the rest of NSW, or risk looking like they are playing cynical electoral politics that will be reversed once they are back in government.
 
"While the Greens welcome the Labor announcement banning unconventional gas in specific North Coast council areas, it is disappointing that Labor are making their coal seam gas policy based on cynical electoral politics rather than basic principles of protecting land, water and communities everywhere in NSW," said Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham.
 
"Labor were the party that unleashed coal seam gas across a third of NSW by issuing 39 exploration licences when they were last in office.
 
"The Greens policy is clear - we are opposed to unconventional gas everywhere and support a rapid transition to clean, renewable energy.

Don’t let Gloucester tourism fall victim to coal seam gas

On World Tourism Day, Greens MP and Tourism spokesperson Jan Barham has called on the NSW Government to recognise the importance of tourism to communities such as Gloucester by reconsidering its approval of coal seam gas in the picturesque region.
 
“Visitors spend around $30 million annually in the Gloucester region, providing jobs for up to 240 people in the tourism sector and supporting many local businesses. Tourism is an increasingly important part of Gloucester’s economy and to jeopardise it through drilling for coal seam gas in the area is risky and short-sighted,” Ms Barham said.

China’s move away from dirty coal: pressure on for Hunter transition plan

Unless Labor and the Coalition stop canoodling up to coal barons and start pulling together a transition plan, the Hunter Valley community will be facing further job, said Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon.
 
“China’s announcement that it will move away from dirty coal is excellent for the environment and people’s health; however, the impact on the Hunter must be taken very seriously,”  said Senator Rhiannon.
 
“Australia must plan and participate in China’s move away from dirty coal and towards renewables.

Greens.Reboot.Future conference – fresh perspectives for a progressive Australia

In the week that Australians have been forced into a military conflict in Iraq the Greens are hosting a major public conference that will offer new perspectives on key issues and ask some of the big questions facing progressive activists and politicians in Australia today.
 
British Greens leader, Natalie Bennett, will speak along with peace activist, Donna Mulhearn.
 
Ms Mulhearn said,  “This conference is a timely opportunity to debate Australia’s war role. Going to war in Iraq in 2003 was never in Australia’s interest. Going back 11 years later because of the chaos that war created is even less so. Now is the time for a robust public and parliamentary debate, about Australia’s involvement in the wars of other nations.”

Greens Senator Rhiannon in Gloucester, backs opposition to AGL frack plan

Greens Senator and water spokesperson Lee Rhiannon will be in Gloucester today to support community protests over AGL's plan to frack for coal seam gas in the region.
 
"This is a high risk project which should never have been approved," said Senator Rhiannon.
 
"AGL is putting the communities' health and water at risk all for the sake of increasing exports. This is not a fair deal, especially for the people who have to live next to the wells.
 
"I am in Gloucester to listen to the community and hear their concerns about the project. It is a shame that NSW government representatives are not working with the community to represent their concerns.
 
"That AGL's own hydro ecologist has identified this project as high risk should be ringing alarm bells in the NSW government.

Door opens to NSW's first uranium mine

The NSW Energy and Resources Minister Anthony Roberts has announced six companies have been invited to explore for uranium in NSW.
 
Whilst the ban on uranium mining is still in place, the 26-year ban on exploration was overturned by then-Premier Barry O'Farrell two years ago.
 
"Let's not be in any doubt about what's going on here. This opens the door to NSW's first uranium mine," says Greens MP and uranium spokesperson, Jamie Parker.
 
"It's an outrageous decision which is short-sighted and ignores the warnings of scientists, public health professionals and economists.

Barnaby serves mining interests with 30 dam plan

Greens water spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon has accused Minister Barnaby Joyce of being the hand maiden for the mining industry with his 30 new dams plan.

"The Joyce plan for 30 new dams is irresponsible for agriculture and has more to do with Barnaby Joyce trying to throw his weight around for his mining mates," Senator Rhiannon said.

"This is another example of a National Party minister doing the bidding for the mining industry.

Barnaby serves mining interests with 30 dam plan

Greens water spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon has accused Minister Barnaby Joyce of being the hand maiden for the mining industry with his 30 new dams plan.
 
"The Joyce plan for 30 new dams is irresponsible for agriculture and has more to do with Barnaby Joyce trying to throw his weight around for his mining mates," Senator Rhiannon said.
 
"This is another example of a National Party minister doing the bidding for the mining industry.
 
"The priority for the federal government should be seeking to protect our existing water supplies so our use for farming, industry and domestic use is sustainable.

Sydney Uni reputation damaged by coal mine funding

Sydney University's $1 million investment in the controversial Whitehaven coalmine will mean enormous damage for the institution's reputation unless they move quickly to withdraw the investment and apologise to impacted Aboriginal elders and locals, the Greens have warned.
 
Greens higher education spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said, "Sydney University Vice Chancellor Michael Spence has a responsibility to immediately withdraw the investment in Whitehaven to end support for this destructive coalmine and help protect the name of one of Australia's leading education centres.
 
"The University has broken its own Investment Policy, which requires funds to be consistent with its environmental, social, and corporate governance principles.

Minister Hodgkinson admits to being industry mouthpiece on coal seam gas

The Greens NSW mining spokesperson Jeremy Buckingham was astounded to hear the Minister for Primary Industries, Katrina Hodgkinson read an AGL press release to answer a question about the ability of coal seam gas to coexist with the dairy industry.

Mr Buckingham asked Minister Hodgkinson whether she had read the report of the parliamentary inquiry into coal seam gas, and particularly the evidence given by North Coast dairy co-operative NORCO that they could not coexist with coal seam gas.  NORCO recently reported on their rapid expansion of its dairy exports to China.  Minister Hodgkinson answered by reading verbatim from this AGL press release.  

"It's appalling that the Minister for Primary Industries resorts to literally being an industry mouthpiece by reading our an AGL press release to answer a serious question," said Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham.