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Comment on approval of AustraliaPacific LNG project

In response to Minister Burke's conditional approval of the AustraliaPacific LNG project at Gladstone, Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Senator Christine Milne, said:

"It is madness to build a new fossil fuel industry at the end of the fossil fuel age.

"As the latest government figures show, Australia's climate policies are on a collision course with our energy policy and we cannot expect to reduce our impact on the climate while we keep expanding our fossil fuel industries.

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Minister Carr lets slip: Ecosystems research not aligned to priorities

Minister for Science, Senator Kim Carr, today told the Senate that job cuts at CSIRO announced yesterday were about lining up research with the government's priorities, exposing just what a poor relation public interest research in general, and ecosystems and biodiversity research, in particular, have become.

The statement was in response to a question from Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Senator Christine Milne, about the slashing of 10% of the budget for the new CSIRO Ecosystems Research program, leading to 30 scientists losing their jobs.

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Coal seam gas approvals: 'First day' of a dead-end industry

In a world facing climate crisis, worsening food security and increasingly little clean water, the coal seam gas industry is a step in the wrong direction, the Australian Greens said today.

The Federal Environment Minister, Tony Burke's approval of two major projects in Queensland yesterday has been celebrated by Premier Anna Bligh as 'the first day of a new industry' but mourned by farmers and environmentalists.

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