The Australian Greens said today that the Commonwealth system of marine reserves will remain as nothing more than lines on a map until at least 2016.
"It was established during estimates today that the Abbott Government's review of Australia's marine parks won't be given to the Minister until mid-2015. I cannot see how management plans will be completed and implemented before 2016," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens marine spokesperson said today.
The Australian Greens said today they are shocked that the Federal Government's Agricultural Competitiveness Green Paper doesn’t address climate change, one of the biggest threats posed to the future of Australia’s agriculture and rural communities.
The government’s move to increase the number of shareholders who can call a special company meeting could allow institutional investors to block scrutiny of company activity, said Deputy Greens Leader and Finance spokesperson, Adam Bandt MP.
The Global Green Economy Index out today lists Australia as last among 60 countries assessed for leadership on global warming
“Tony Abbott has well and truly demolished Australia’s standing as a world leader in addressing global warming. We were the best and now we are the worst. It is a tragedy and must be reversed,” Senator Christine Milne, Leader of the Australian Greens, said.
Victorian Greens leader Greg Barber says Labor and Liberal need to tell the voters about their policies for new coal mines.
“Who ever forms government will have these coal mining applications sitting on their desk. It's time Labor and the Coalition came clean on their plans," Mr Barber said.