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First, do no harm: Greens move to establish Expert Health Care Panel for refugees in offshore detention

The Australian Greens today announced that they will introduce a bill in the Senate to establish an independent panel of expert physicians to oversee the health and mental health of asylum seekers and refugees in indefinite offshore detention.

"The Expert Health Care Panel proposed by the Greens will add some humanity to an otherwise inhumane policy" said Greens' immigration spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young.

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Greens back mining law reform

Australian Greens Senator for Victoria, Dr Richard Di Natale, today backed the recommendations of a report by the Environmental Defenders Office recommending sweeping reforms to mining law in Victoria.

“This new report shows just how poor and out of date our environmental protections are in Victoria,” said Senator Di Natale.

“Bizarrely coal mining is given preferential treatment over projects like wind farms which would be far better for Victoria’s long term energy security.

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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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Greens reject Victorian coal push

The Australian Greens have rejected a renewed push by the Baillieu government to expand brown coal mining in Victoria. The Greens will also look at what action can be taken by the Federal government to slow down the push.

"Minister Comber should not be encouraging these moves by the Baillieu government. The Clean Energy Future package is about transitioning away from our dependence on coal, in particular brown coal. The Gillard government should not undermine that by backing this move. It is economically and environmentally irresponsible," Deputy Greens Leader Senator Milne said.

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Greens condemn 50 year mining extension

Greens Senator for Victoria, Dr Richard Di Natale, and Leader of the Victorian Greens, Greg Barber MLC, have condemned the expansion and 50 year extension  of the Alcoa coal mine in Anglesea.

“As the country begins to build its clean energy future, now is the worst time to lock in 50 more years of burning coal, said Senator Di Natale. “What the Victorian government should have done is plan an exit strategy to wean Victoria off coal on a much shorter time frame.”

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No room for Baillieu government's double standard on coal

Greens Senator for Victoria, Dr Richard Di Natale, has slammed the Baillieu government’s support for a possible coal mine in Bacchus Marsh.

“Premier Baillieu has fast become the number one enemy of the environment,” said Senator Di Natale.

“The Victorian government have declared war on wind farms and are throwing their support behind coal.”

Under new Victorian planning laws, one resident within 2km of a proposed wind farm can veto the development.

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CSG surrender a win for the Otways: Greens

Greens Senator for Victoria, Richard Di Natale, has welcomed the decision by ECI International to surrender their coal seam gas (CSG) exploration permit as a win for the Otways.

“The people the Otways have won a great victory today,” said Senator Di Natale.

“Local residents were very vocal in their opposition to CSG mining in the area and this outcomes demonstrates the power of a united community.”

“It is the second time this year that a CSG exploration permit for Western Victoria has been surrendered following local opposition.”

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