Victoria’s animal emblem Leadbeater’s Possum likely to be listed as ‘critically endangered’ by December
It is expected that the status of the Leadbeater’s Possum will be revised to ‘critically endangered’ in December this year, when the federal Threatened Species Scientific Committee completes its reassessment of the species.
The Australian Greens are calling on Queensland Environment Minister Powell to explain why he met with Deutsche Bank in Germany after the bank ruled out financing the Abbot Point coal port expansion.
The meeting in September was revealed late last night in Senate Estimates as a result of questioning of the federal Environment Department by Queensland Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson.
The Abbott government's untenable resettlement deal with PNG has fallen apart, with the Pacific nation's government confirming that public opposition to the plan is too strong to proceed at present.
"The PNG deal is dead," the Greens' immigration spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.
"The policy is inhumane and clearly unworkable. The continued failure in rolling it out has been like watching a train-wreck in slow motion.
After a two year campaign, The Greens today welcomed the Weatherill Government’s announcement conceding the Labor Party MPs will now finally vote to support CFS cancer compensation equality through presumptive WorkCover laws.
Greens’ IR Spokesperson, Tammy Franks MLC, said: “It may have taken the Labor Government some years to recognise what every non-Labor elected member of the South Australian Parliament has already voted for, some three times over, but we welcome Labor’s final resolution nevertheless.