- Protect our land and water from mining.
- Honesty and integrity in politics
- Local jobs
- People before profits
- Improved heath and education services.



Friday, 19 July 2013

Refugee Convention too important to tamper with

Thursday, 18 July 2013

Labor cannot let the race to the bottom with Tony Abbott affect our strong commitment to protecting people who are fleeing war and persecution, the Australian Greens have said.

"We can't let Kevin Rudd retreat from Australia's proud history of giving protection to people in desperate need," the Greens' immigration spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

"It's not the Refugee Convention that's at fault here, it's the cheap politics being played with refugees' lives.

"Many Australians will be disappointed that a Labor Prime Minster is willing to play the dog whistle like this, threatening one of the most important human rights documents in the world.

"The convention has been the bedrock of protection for millions of people, ever since it came into existence after World War II.

Thursday, 18 July 2013

LABOR CAN’T BE TRUSTED ON THE ENVIRONMENT

Senator Milne in Lismore with NORCO staff
Date: Tue, 16 Jul 2013


Labor’s decision to cut climate programs to fund Rudd’s backflip on carbon pricing proves Labor can’t be trusted on the environment, Australian Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne said.

“You don’t protect the environment by cutting the environment,” Senator Milne said.

“Today’s announcement is politically motivated and adds up to a $1 billion hit to the environment and the transition to clean energy.

“Labor’s capitulation to the big polluters will undermine clean energy business confidence and hurt the environment.

“Labor benefits, but farmers, manufacturers and the environment are the biggest losers.

“These cuts will hit regional Australia the hardest because these environmental programs are all about helping rural communities adapt to climate change and reduce their emissions.

“Let’s be clear, Rudd has abandoned rural and regional Australia to shore up support in marginal suburban electorates.

“All of this is politically motivated. We already have an Emissions Trading Scheme and EU linking – Rudd should have defended what we have instead of undermining confidence and attacking the environment.

“If he was genuinely interested in a fast transition to a low carbon economy he would have waited for the securing of the EU price and not rushed to help polluters take advantage of its weakness.

“It is also important to note there is still no commitment to a higher emissions reduction target then 5 per cent.

“When it comes to climate change – Abbott is a denier, Rudd is a backflipper and only the Greens can be trusted to address global warming.

“On top of all this Labor is now attacking the public service putting 800 jobs on the line – doing Tony Abbott’s work for him.”

The losses to the environment include:

Today’s green cuts
•       $213 million   Biodiversity Fund
•       $143 million Carbon Farming Futures
•       $362 million Clean Technology Program

Previous cuts announced in the May 2013-14 Budget:
•       $257 million Biodiversity Fund
•       $627m ARENA and low carbon communities

TOTAL LOSS: $1.6 billion

Antimony mining could affect our water for millenia

'BELLINGEN Shire Council will erect health warning signs downstream from the derelict antimony processing plant at Urunga following worrying early results of a water testing program.

Results received so far have been consistent with those from a NSW Beachwatch program conducted
Existing signage at Urunga
in the area a decade ago, which indicated elevated levels of antimony and arsenic at Station Creek, which flows from the plant into the Urunga Lagoon.

Workers decide how to remediate the polluted lagoon.
Council’s deputy general manager for Environment and Planning, Stephen Taylor, said a review of the current test results indicated it was unsafe to swim or fish in the vicinity, and so health warning signs would be posted.

“Obviously this has been an ongoing problem and I am not sure why these signs were not installed 10 years ago,” Mr Taylor said.

“Plans are now well underway for the remediation of the Urunga site and hopefully we will see an improvement in the future.”

Read More:
Public warned of troubled waters 
By UTE SCHULENBERG

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