Environment and Biodiversity
The Greens were founded on the vision of a robust and healthy environment, and that vision continues today. We are working hard to promote environmental values in Parliament and protect our unique wildlife and wild places.
The 2011 State of the Environment report (SoE) shows Australia’s biodiversity on land and sea in alarming decline.
The Greens successfully negotiated the $946 million Biodiversity Fund as part of the Clean Energy Future Package, funding communities to restore bushland and native habitats and reduce the impacts of weeds and feral animals.
The Greens are pursuing reforms to our national environmental laws to urgently protect threatened species and to make sure our iconic areas, like the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area, are protected for future generations.
We need environment laws that work to stop the biodiversity crisis, save our threatened species, and protect our precious places. Sign up to find out more about our work to fix our environment laws.
07 Dec 2011
Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown and mining spokesperson Larissa Waters will attend a rally in Dalby today to support Drew Hutton, President of the Lock the Gate Alliance, in his appearance before the Magistrates Court.
"I have known Drew for 30 years. He is a co-founder of the Australian Greens. His courage and integrity are formidable characteristics when lined up against this money-hungry, invasive coal seam gas industry," Senator Brown said.
"Acting in the interests of the long-term future of our land, our environment, our water resources and our farming communities should be the very definition of a ‘reasonable excuse'," Senator Waters said.
"Today's hearing is a test case on the rights of people to protect our common assets from destruction by fossil fuel giants.
"My proposed Landholders' Right to Refuse (Coal Seam Gas) Bill currently before the Senate would give farmers the right to lock the gate against the coal seam gas industry, and prevent these battles from being fought in the courts," Senator Waters said.
Mr Hutton is charged with obstructing a coal seam gas company without reasonable excuse, under section 805 of the Queensland Petroleum and Gas (Production and Safety) Act, which carries a maximum $50,000 penalty.
The recent Senate inquiry interim report into coal seam gas has called for farmers' rights to be better respected by the CSG industry, and also recommended a moratorium on CSG until specific scientific studies are concluded.
Bob Brown speaks to Jon Faine about the MRRT, former Senator O'Chee, Vic's Ryan Smith and the ex-Gunns chairman
23 Nov 2011
Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown speaks to 774ABC's Jon Faine about the mining tax and the $100 million extra flowing to public services after the Greens clawed back the windfall for mining companies that resulted from MP Andrew Wilkie's MRRT deal with the Gillard government.
Other topics included today's Fairfax story about allegations about News Ltd and former Nationals senator Bill O'Chee and news that former Gunns chairman John Gay has been charged with insider trading.
Bob Brown, Christine Milne and Greens colleagues: press conference immediately after the climate bills passed
08 Nov 2011
Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown and Deputy Leader Christine Milne, flanked by other Greens senators, speak to reporters outside the Senate chamber immediately after the passage of the climate bills.
08 Nov 2011
The Australian Greens are celebrating the historic Senate vote for world-leading legislation to tackle the global nemesis of climate change.
Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown congratulated Greens Deputy Leader Christine Milne and the Gillard government for giving Australia a real breakthrough in tackling that nemesis of climate change.
"People 50 years, or 500 years, from now will thank us for doing this," Senator Brown said.
"This is a vote for Australian householders, economic planners and ecologically sound business, as well as the Great Barrier Reef, Ningaloo, the Murray Darling Basin and 700,000 property owners on our coastal margins," Senator Brown said.
You can view the press conference with the Greens MPs after the bills passed the senate here.
07 Nov 2011
Australian Greens Leader Senator Bob Brown appeared on ABC News Breakfast to discuss the political budget surplus, the Afghanistan conflict, dental care, preferencing of votes, and the Australian Greens National Conference.
06 Nov 2011
Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown, Senator for Queensland Larissa Waters, Senators for Western Australia Rachel Siewert and Scott Ludlam, and Member for Melbourne Adam Bandt spoke to the media about the Australian Greens National Conference in Fremantle, WA.
Topics included the allocation of preferences, the environmental threats posed by developments in the Kimberley, and the Nationals' call for a "discussion paper" on coal seam gas.
01 Nov 2011
Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown and mining spokesperson Larissa Waters spoke to reporters in Canberra today about coal seam gas and water security. Other issues included Qantas, mining tax legislation, and Australia's vote against UNESCO's recognition of Palestine as an independent state.
Senator Waters will introduce a bill into the Senate today to protect the nation's water resources from mining, including coal seam gas.
13 Oct 2011
The Senate today passed a motion moved by Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown that expressed concern over the Rena oil spill in New Zealand.
The motion reads as follows:
That the Senate
(a) requests that the President convey to the people of New Zealand (Aotearoa) the Senate's concerns about the oil spill and other consequences of the stranding of the container carrier ship Rena; and
(b) sends its best wishes for a rapid and complete recovery from the oil spill and other consequences of this disaster in such a beautiful region of New Zealand.