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Senate to Environment Minister: do your job

The Senate has called on the Environment Minister to do the job the community expects him to and actually protect the environment, says Queensland Greens Senator and spokesperson for the environment Andrew Bartlett.

The Senate passed Senator Bartlett’s motion demanding the Environment Minister protect the Great Barrier Reef by controlling land clearing in catchment areas.

"Large-scale clearing in the catchment areas of the Reef results in increased runoff, damaging coral and encouraging invasive species like the Crown of Thorns starfish.

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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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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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Qld Labor needs to act on Senate Report into Shark Mitigation and Deterrence 

In light of the new Senate report into shark mitigation and deterrence, Greens State MP Michael Berkman and Greens Senator for Queensland Andrew Bartlett are calling on Qld Labor to rid Queensland’s beaches of lethal drum lines that are killing sharks, turtles, dolphins, and whales.

"If Premier Palaszczuk was concerned about the effects of land-clearing on our wildlife, she should be equally concerned about the effects of these lethal drum-lines are having on our marine life,” said State Greens MP Michael Berkman.

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