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Media release: New high level push to give communities the right to challenge big, environmentally destructive projects

Mon, 04/15/2024 - 18:00

Enshrining communities’ right to challenge the merits of large, environmentally destructive projects in law would drastically improve integrity in decision making, restore the public’s faith in a broken system, and lead to better outcomes for nature, according to a groundbreaking new expert report.

Categories: G2. Local Greens

Albanese Government shelves environment reform as disaster strikes coral reefs globally

Mon, 04/15/2024 - 17:45


National organisations representing hundreds of thousands of Australians that want Australia’s natural environment protected from the ravages of climate change are dismayed after the Albanese Government said it was delaying substantive national environment law reform.

The news comes just as it is revealed today that coral reefs worldwide have been hit by one of the worst mass bleaching events ever recorded, caused by sustained marine heatwaves.

The delay means that close to 30 new coal and gas projects will likely now be approved under the very weak, current national environment laws which were introduced by John Howard more than 25 years ago, pouring yet more fuel on the climate fire.

Alex Fuller, National Director of the Australian Youth Climate Coalition said, “Young Australians will be bitterly disappointed by further delay from our government in doing what my generation and those who come after us need: decisive leadership to quickly and fairly phase out fossil fuels, just as Climate Minister Bowen promised at the last UN climate summit.

“From floods to bushfires, Australian communities are already living with the impacts of climate change. We cannot afford any more setbacks; we urgently need strong laws with the power to stop new coal and gas projects that are fueling this climate crisis.”

Kelly Albion, Acting CEO for 350.org said, “The Great Barrier Reef is experiencing never before seen coral bleaching. Forests in Western Australia are collapsing. Marine ecosystems, coastal ecosystems, iconic wildlife and the future of all Australians hang on decisions the Albanese Government makes right now. 

“This delay shows the government is not serious about climate change, not serious about intergenerational equity, and not serious about protecting Australia’s natural heritage. 

“Australians expect our government to protect nature and prevent catastrophic climate change and across the country we can expect to see people stand up and take action in response to this extraordinary failure.”

Carmel Flint, National Coordinator of Lock the Gate Alliance said, “Big coal and gas companies wanted this delay and they got it. 

“Instead of acting on the twin extinction and climate crises and protecting Australia, the Albanese Government has chosen, in the middle of one of the worst global coral bleaching events in history, to capitulate to the mining industry.”

“Delaying these reforms will cause untold environmental damage - more than 30 coal and gas projects are likely to be approved that will drain groundwater, bulldoze habitat for iconic endangered species like the koala and turbocharge climate change.”

At 9:00am on Wednesday morning, Lock the Gate Alliance and AYCC will appear at a hearing of the inquiry into Australia’s extinction crisis.

From 29 April, members of the Australian Youth Climate Coalition and 350.org will be participating in Rise Up - twelve days of protest action against expanding coal and gas mining. 

Alex Fuller, Kelly Albion and Carmel Flint are available for interview or further comment. 

 

ENDS

Categories: G2. Local Greens

New report exposes Northern Territory’s murky lobbying laws as Senate Inquiry investigates Middle Arm

Wed, 04/10/2024 - 12:00

A new report reveals the Northern Territory is home to Australia’s weakest lobbying rules and the jurisdiction has little protection against undue influence on government decision makers. Report available here.

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Santos accused of misleading advertising: Complaint made to ACCC and Ad Standards over domestic gas use claims

Sun, 04/07/2024 - 14:00

Climate communications group Comms Declare and grassroots campaigners Lock the Gate Alliance have complained to the corporate watchdog over a Santos ad placed in a newspaper near its proposed Narrabri gas project.

Categories: G2. Local Greens

The great coal mod con: How new coal projects are avoiding transparency and accountability in NSW

Wed, 04/03/2024 - 14:51

The NSW Government is waving through coal projects that will be responsible for hundreds of millions of tonnes of greenhouse gas pollution without independent determination. 

Categories: G2. Local Greens

Handing national environment powers on water back to states will breach election promise

Mon, 04/01/2024 - 14:49

Albanese Government plans to implement a kind of ‘one-stop shop’ that would allow national environmental approvals that impact water to be delegated to state and territory governments would breach election promises.

Categories: G2. Local Greens

New analysis shows how getting off gas can save NSW millions, create jobs, reduce pollution

Tue, 03/26/2024 - 16:59

Lock the Gate Alliance has launched a new interactive electorate-by-electorate analysis revealing the millions that could be saved each year if households are supported to switch from gas to electricity.

Categories: G2. Local Greens

Farmers fighting Arrow Energy declare more than 20,000 hectares “gasfield free”

Sun, 03/24/2024 - 18:33

More than 20 farming families whose properties cover more than 20,000 hectares of priority agricultural land across the Darling Downs have signed a “gasfield free” declaration against Shell and PetroChina’s Arrow Energy Surat Gas Project.

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QLD Government gives criminal NSW coal company “suitable operator” status

Thu, 03/21/2024 - 20:32

The Queensland Government decision to grant repeat offender Whitehaven Coal “suitable operator status” risks Queensland’s environment by ignoring the company’s long list of crimes committed in its home state of NSW.

Categories: G2. Local Greens

Federal investigation into NT fracking water trigger compliance welcomed

Wed, 03/20/2024 - 23:16

Lock the Gate Alliance welcomes Federal Environment Minister Tanya Plibersek’s probe into whether fracking companies active in the Northern Territory are complying with the requirements of the expanded water trigger under national environment laws.

Categories: G2. Local Greens

Adani takes QLD Government to court in attempt to avoid employing Clermont locals

Wed, 03/20/2024 - 16:51

Adani has challenged a requirement to not discriminate against employing Clermont residents in the Supreme Court, in a move groups say shows the company has little interest in supporting local communities.

Categories: G2. Local Greens

Koalas, Regent Honeyeaters, Gang-gang cockatoos in Yancoal’s firing line for new coal project adjoining nature reserve

Tue, 03/19/2024 - 17:52

Documents prepared by a coal company planning a massive expansion near Mudgee admit the project poses a threat to habitat “critical to the survival” of a local koala population.

Categories: G2. Local Greens

Albanese Government must step in and stop Glencore dumping coal-fired waste carbon in Great Artesian Basin

Mon, 03/18/2024 - 20:21

Lock the Gate Alliance commends AgForce and local farmers for taking strong action against Glencore’s plan to dump waste carbon from the Millmerran coal fired power station into Great Artesian Basin aquifers.

Categories: G2. Local Greens

New international report shows Australia's coal mine methane emissions are underreported

Wed, 03/13/2024 - 19:52

A new international energy report shows that, like a nervous couple on a first date after a big meal, the Albanese Government is massively downplaying how much gas Australia is letting off.

Categories: G2. Local Greens

Koala killing coal mine bulldozes through to federal assessment

Thu, 03/07/2024 - 18:51

Community groups are disappointed Environment Minister Tanya Plibersek has referred a new Central Queensland coal mine that would clear nearly 800 hectares of koala habitat for federal assessment rather than rejecting it outright.

Categories: G2. Local Greens

Landholders say Bauhinia Downs gas pipeline explosion shows CSG not worth the risk

Mon, 03/04/2024 - 21:08

Landholders fighting new gas projects in NSW and QLD say a high pressure gas pipeline inferno that has erupted in Central Queensland demonstrates why new projects are too risky and should not be built.

Categories: G2. Local Greens

FOI-obtained wish list reveals coal companies want to wriggle out of rehabilitation responsibility

Sun, 03/03/2024 - 15:38

New freedom of information documents reveal big coal companies are trying to wriggle out of their long term rehabilitation responsibilities.

Categories: G2. Local Greens

New Chief, same fracking furphies

Sun, 02/25/2024 - 21:11

A Northern Territory community group says the NT Government has taken greenwashing to the next level since Eva Lawler was sworn in as Chief Minister, following the release of an Orwellian joint press statement with Tamboran chief executive Joel Riddle.

Categories: G2. Local Greens

Report reveals gas companies can't be trusted: Cook must not cave to export demands

Wed, 02/21/2024 - 21:27

The Cook Government should be aiming to reduce the state’s domestic reliance on gas, rather than doubling down on the polluting fossil fuel, says Lock the Gate Alliance.

Categories: G2. Local Greens

Questions raised over federal tax handouts to fracking company for NT project

Mon, 02/19/2024 - 16:06

A fracking company active in the Northern Territory’s Beetaloo Basin may have unlawfully obtained almost $30 million through a publicly-funded Commonwealth “research and development” scheme that explicitly excludes fossil fuel exploration. 

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