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Abbott’s fear mongering on wind farms is dangerous and reckless: Greens

Acting Leader of the Australian Greens and medical practitioner, Dr Richard Di Natale, today criticised the Abbott Government for suggesting that there is a link between wind farms and illness by calling for the NHMRC to conduct more research into the issue.

“This is another cynical attack on renewable energy that will create more fear and anxiety in the community” said Senator Di Natale.

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Greens challenge Waubra Foundation tax status

Australian Greens health spokesperson, Dr Richard Di Natale, has today lodged a written complaint with both the Australian Charities and Not for Profits Commissioner and the Australian Tax Office regarding the Waubra Foundation qualifying as a health promotion charity, meaning donations to the organisation are tax deductible.

“The Waubra Foundation is not a health promotion charity, it is an anti-wind lobby group that peddles unfounded myths about the health impacts of wind farms,” said Senator Di Natale, a former GP and public health professional.

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Greens stand with Victorian communities against CSG

Greens Senator for Victoria, Dr Richard Di Natale, said today that the Greens will stand against any move to create a new CSG or unconventional gas mining industry in Victoria.

“Regional Victorian communities don’t want CSG or unconventional gas mining in our state, and rightly so,” said Senator Di Natale.

“Subjecting Victoria to CSG for the sake of the private profits of the big mining companies would be plain dumb when the National Water Commission has warned this risky industry threatens our water supplies, which underpin our agricultural industry.

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Greens welcome McKeon Review

The Australian Greens have welcomed the release of the Strategic Review of Health and Medical Research in Australia, chaired by Simon McKeon.

“Health and medical research are key to the health of Australians and to our future prosperity,” said Senator Richard Di Natale, Greens health spokesperson.

“The recommendations in the McKeon Review all deserve serious consideration. Some reforms require urgent attention, like streamlining clinical trials, which is already a serious barrier to research today.”

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Medical researchers right on revamp: Greens

Australian Greens Deputy Leader and science and research spokesperson Adam Bandt backed calls by health and medical researchers today to ‘boost research spending and revolutionise the way funds are allocated.’

“Science and research are the key to innovation and a strong, clean economy,” Mr Bandt said.

“Thousands of jobs in Melbourne depend on secure, long-term funding for science and research.”

“Science needs secure funding to protect jobs and set up Australia’s economy for when the mining boom is over.”

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Ferguson joins Baillieu in taking Victoria backwards: Greens

Victorian Greens Senator, Dr Richard Di Natale, said today that Martin Ferguson had joined Ted Baillieu in a last century vision for Victoria.
 
Martin Ferguson has told an international coal symposium that large amounts of coal would soon be available for export in Victoria and that we could mine it like the Pilbara.
 
“Martin Ferguson is not talking about protecting jobs in an existing industry, he is talking about creating a brand new coal export industry in Victoria,” said Senator Di Natale.
 

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Australia must prepare for global health threat now: Greens

The Greens have responded to a global call to action on climate change and health from the international health community by again urging the government to create a Climate Change and Health Taskforce.

“The international health community has spoken as one to warn of the threat to health posed by climate change,” said Greens’ health spokesperson, Dr. Richard Di Natale.

Some of the most prominent health professionals and organisations in the world have met in Durban and issued a joint declaration that warns of the grave health consequences of climate change.

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