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Queensland Greens call on Mayor of Ipswich to explain if waste sector donations behind decision to bin recycling

Andrew Bartlett 20 Apr 2018

Queensland Greens Senator Andrew Bartlett is calling on the Mayor of Ipswich to explain if waste sector donations were behind the councils decision to bin recycling.

"Politics is broken when we can’t trust our politicians to handle something as simple and common sense as recycling.

"We know the biggest donor to the Mayor of Ipswich's election campaign was from the waste sector.

"What did they expect for the tens of thousands of dollars pumped into the campaign?  

"Who profits when recycling goes straight to landfill?

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The Great Barrier Reef will die unless we kick corporate money out of politics

The stranglehold fossil fuel companies have over our political system is slowly killing off the Great Barrier Reef, says Queensland Greens Senator Andrew Bartlett.

Another study published today in Nature shows the Reef has been transformed by back to back mass bleaching.

“The Coalition government’s obsession with burning coal makes no sense until you consider the millions of dollars pumped into the Liberal and National parties by the fossil fuel industry.

“Burning fossil fuels impact lives and livelihoods.

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Queensland Greens stand with XXXX workers

Andrew Bartlett 18 Apr 2018

The Queensland Greens unequivocally support the right for XXXX workers to strike for fair pay and conditions, says Queensland Greens Senator Andrew Bartlett.

"XXXX workers are walking off the job for the third time today over the use of contracts and reported moves to shift production interstate.

"Across Australia, workers are working longer hours for less pay, and their jobs are becoming increasingly insecure, while corporate profits increase.

"Industrial action has won us: sick pay, annual leave and the eight-hour workday.

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Greens: NT Labor caves in to fossil fuel industry and ditches fracking ban

The Northern Territory Labor government's decision to open up fracking will put lives and livelihoods at risk, says Greens Senator and spokesperson for Mining and Resources Andrew Bartlett.

“The month of April saw multiple records for high temperatures broken across the country.

“By the NT Labor government’s own admission, more fracking will see increased greenhouse gas emissions, fueling further the dangerous climate change.

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Cross River Rail announcement first step towards public transport as a basic right

The Queensland Greens are today cautiously welcoming of the announcement by Federal Opposition Leader, Bill Shorten, of funding for the delivery and operation of Cross River Rail.

“Public transport is a basic service, but in Queensland it’s too often expensive, slow and unreliable. In the regions it’s often non-existent, says Queensland Greens Senator and Candidate for Brisbane, Andrew Bartlett.

“This forces more people to drive, makes traffic worse, parking harder, causes more pollution, increases stress and costs us money.

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Britain bans ivory sales, Australia should too

The Greens are calling on the Turnbull government to follow the lead of the British government in banning all ivory sales.

Greens animal welfare spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said. “Elephants and rhinoceroses are now in danger of extinction with the illegal trade in ivory and rhino horns contributing to the rapid decline in these animals.

 “It is unthinkable that these iconic species could be extinct in the wild in current lifetimes.

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Turnbull’s road funding nothing but a pork-barreling band aid.

Malcolm Turnbull’s announcement of a small amount of road funding to shore up vulnerable Liberal seats in south-east Queensland simply exposes the massive failure of the LNP to properly invest in the long-term infrastructure needs of the community, says Queensland Greens Senator Andrew Bartlett.

"The only way major congestion on the Bruce Highway between Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast will ever be fixed is for proper investment in public transport – most urgently the Beerburrum to Nambour rail upgrade.

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Australia: let’s transition away from coal. Coalition: let’s form a coal faction.

“What more proof do you need of the sickness in our political system than Coalition backbenchers forming a coal faction, says Senator for Queensland and spokesperson for mining Andrew Bartlett.

“Most Australians want a transition away from coal power, they can see the impacts of global warming already occurring.

“Instead of listening to the science and representing the people who elected them, the Coalition forms a coal faction to do the bidding of their backers in the fossil fuel industry.

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Greens call for inquiry into Matt Canavan who is just a puppet of the coal lobby

“We should be having an inquiry into why Matt Canavan could possibly keep insisting that burning coal is a beautiful thing, when it is responsible for the climate change that is already destroying lives and livelihoods.

“The coal lobby buys our political parties and politicians, who then push dangerous policies like this, sacrificing the lives and livelihoods of everyday people in the name of corporate profit.

“The majority of Australians want our governments to back clean renewable energy.

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Bring Tamil family of four back to Biloela

Andrew Bartlett 12 Mar 2018

Queensland Greens Senator Andrew Bartlett is backing the people of Biloela and calling for Peter Dutton to return a family of four ripped from their community.

“A Tamil family living and working in Biloela in regional Queensland, integrating and contributing to their community in precisely the way the federal government says migrants should has been subjected to traumatic treatment at the Department of Home Affairs direction, said Senator Bartlett.  

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