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Greens congratulate Lock the Gate action on CSG

The Australian Greens congratulate and support the members of Lock the Gate Alliance who are taking action on coal seam gas today by delivering their list of demands to the electorate offices of federal members of the lower house.

"It is time the old parties, who pretend to support farmers, actually do so by ending their embrace of the coal seam gas industry at the expense of farmers and our future," said Leader of the Australian Greens Senator Christine Milne.

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Mining tax inquiry - win for transparency and win for community

The Australian Greens welcome the establishment of a Senate Inquiry into the mining tax.

"I am pleased that our motion to set up an inquiry into the design of the mining tax won the support of the Coalition and passed the Senate today." Australian Greens leader Senator Christine Milne said today.

"This is a win for transparency, and a win for the community.  It's about time Australians found out why the Gillard Government agreed to a dud mining tax, why the mining tax has failed to raise the billions that were promised, and how to fix it.

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Brown coal compensation must be reviewed

The over generous compensation to the high greenhouse gas emitting brown coal generators is shocking but comes as no surprise and must be reviewed by the Federal Government, Senator Christine Milne said today.

The whole point of the Clean Energy Package was to drive transition away from the dirtiest brown coal emitters not to prop them up and delay a clean renewable energy future. 

"Professor Ross Garnaut and I both argued passionately against the $5 billion compensation package, arguing that it was a shocking waste of money," Senator Milne said.

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Too little too late from O'Farrell on CSG

The Greens congratulate the farmers and community activists who have had the courage to stand up with the Greens against the coal seam gas mining industry

"But it is too populist for Barry O'Farrell to say he wants to protect urban areas whilst leaving farmers open to coal seam gas interests walking straight onto their land with all the same adverse impacts that Barry now says is unacceptable for people who live in towns." Australian Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne said.

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We will close miners asset loop hole: Greens

The Greens currently have a bill before House and the Senate which would close the royalties loopholes. The Greens will now also move amendments to close additional loopholes in the mining tax, which allow mining companies to exaggerate the value of their assets to get a higher tax break.

Closing the depreciation loophole, which allows the big miners to deduct the market value of existing assets over many years instead of deducting the book value over 5 years, could eventually save almost $2 billion a year in lost revenue.

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Christine Milne Senate Doors: mining tax

Christine Milne commented on the mining tax at the Senate Doors. The Treasuere is going to the G20 to encourage the G20 to stop multinational tax evasion. Mr Swan needs to plug the gaps in the mining tax and take on the multinationals at home. The Greens have made it clear we will work with the Government to fix the mining tax.

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Another big sell-out by the Minister Against the Environment

"The Minister against the Environment has done it again - he's given the green light for more environmental destruction, this time at Maules Creek," said leader of the Australian Greens, Senator Christine Milne.

"Tony Burke has given the go-ahead to expand coal seam gas and coal mining to the detriment of critically endangered species. It's another crime against the environment.

"Why hasn't Minister Burke examined the scientists' view that false and misleading information was presented to the Federal Government in regards to offsets?

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Less talk, more action on spreading benefits of the boom

The Greens are calling on Wayne Swan to stop talking and start acting to plug the loopholes in the mining tax following the release of the revenue figures.

"Momentum is growing in the Parliament to get behind the Greens' bill to fix the problem and now even some in Labor ranks agree," said leader of the Australian Greens, Senator Christine Milne.

"Some Labor MPs agree with The Greens that the mining tax is a dud.

"So when is Wayne Swan going to act?

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Burke allows mining in areas even John Howard protected

"Minister Burke's decision to abandon the Tarkine to the mining industry is not only a disgrace, but it's a crime against the environment." Leader of the Australian Greens, Senator Christine Milne said.

"What possible justification can an environment minister have for abandoning the environment to the mining industry?

"No doubt Tony Abbott is cheering as he would go even further and not only mine the Tarkine but reject any end to logging.

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China announces peak coal use, risk to Australian Government and miners

The clearest announcement yet from the Chinese Government that it will peak and reduce its use of coal by 2015 has immense implications for the Australian economy, the Australian Greens said today.

"For years people have used China's growing coal consumption as an excuse for climate inaction in Australia, it's time for those to acknowledge even developing nations are acting on climate change." Australian Greens Leader, Christine Milne, said.

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