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Greens to introduce bill to ban Alpine grazing

The Australian Greens have today condemned the decision to allow cattle grazing in the Alpine National Park and announced plans to reintroduce a bill to protect our national parks.

"The writing is on the wall for environment in Australia, with Tony Abbott pushing his 19th century ‘environment is for man' attitude," said Senator Christine Milne, leader of the Australian Greens.

"Given Mr Abbott thinks we have too much protected forest, this outrageous assault on the integrity of our precious national parks will be just the start.

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Coal dust harming the health of Queensland residents: Greens

A Greens-initiated Senate Inquiry into the health impacts of air quality is today holding a hearing in Brisbane to hear evidence from experts and local groups. The Australian Greens say that not enough is being done to protect the community from the health impacts of air pollution such as coal dust.

“There is very clear evidence that coal dust is a very serious threat to the health of Queenslanders,” said Dr Richard Di Natale, Australian Greens health spokesperson.

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Air Pollution and Health

Air pollution is linked to health problems like chest pain, coughing, and breathing difficulties. It triggers asthma attacks, and it can lead to irreversible lung damage and exacerbates conditions like bronchitis and emphysema.

The Greens have established a Senate inquiry into the impacts of air quality on health in Australia.

The Inquiry held hearings in Newcastle on 16 April and the Greens are pushing for hearings in other regions affected by air pollution.

Air pollution contributes to respiratory health problems

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Baillieu should accept grazing decision

The Australian Greens were pleased that the Federal Court today dismissed Victoria’s bid to overturn the Commonwealth Government’s ban on cattle grazing in the Alpine National Park.

“The Baillieu Government needs to accept the umpire’s decision and give up on this issue,” said Victorian Senator, Dr Richard Di Natale.

“The Greens stood against cattle grazing in the Alpine National Park from the beginning – Adam Bandt introduced a bill to ban the practice then Tony Burke stepped in to did so.

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Victorian faunal emblem faces extinction

The Australian Greens today said that the resignation of respected ecologist David Lindenmayer over government inaction to protect Victoria’s faunal emblem the Leadbeaters possum is a huge wake up call for the Victorian government.

“Australia has one of the poorest records in the world when it comes to loss of biodiversity and species extinction,” said Dr Richard Di Natale, Greens Senator for Victoria.

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