The Australian Greens say the Abbott Government is shirking responsibility by waiving a new environmental impact statement for the proposed expansion of Olympic Dam.
"The Federal Government needs to do its job and stop putting the private profits of the big mining companies ahead of the environment," said South Australian Greens Senator Penny Wright.
"This is a short-sighted measure, which shows how little the Government cares about environmental protection."
The Australian Greens are calling for the Abbott Government to revoke its approval to dump dredge sludge in the Great Barrier Reef for the Abbot Point coal port, following reports the proponent is considering onshore disposal.
Following the Senate voting in favour of a Greens’ motion on CSIRO cuts today, Deputy Greens Leader and Science spokesperson Adam Bandt MP said the Government should immediately reverse cuts to CSIRO’s AAH Laboratory, which conducts research into Avian Influenza, SARS, the Hendra virus and most recently Ebola.
“The Government must now immediately reverse its $111m cuts so that CSIRO’s AHHL can operate at its full capacity,” said Mr Bandt.
The Australian Greens said today that the Government's attempt at a compromise on cruel budget measures affecting young job seekers is policy on the run that still will deny people access to essential income support for months at a time.
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.