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The Greens will test the position of climate work | Blue Mountain Gazette


Greens leader Adam Bandt calls on Labor to prevent ‘climate crimes’ and help stop taxpayer-funded fracking in the Beetaloo Basin.

In what the Greens see as Australia’s first post-Glasgow test, the party will present a motion in the Senate on Wednesday to block the $ 50 million Beetaloo cooperative drilling program.

Mr Bandt, who said drilling the Northern Territory basin could add up to 13% to Australia’s emissions each year, said the crossbench had the numbers to pass the motion with Labor support .

“(They) want to use your money – public money – to unleash a massive new climate gas bomb … putting the 2030 and 2050 goals out of reach,” he said.

“What part of the lack of new coal and gas do Labor and Liberals not understand?” “

It comes after oil and gas giant Woodside confirmed that its $ 16.5 billion Scarborough project in northwest Western Australia would go ahead, a Mr Bandt said he would be moving forward. responsible for “a billion tons of pollution”.

Resources Minister Keith Pitt told Parliament Scarborough would create thousands of construction jobs as well as 600 permanent positions.

“We will continue to support the resource sector because that is how we pay for education, roads and hospitals,” Pitt said.

Mr Bandt said the Greens would target fringe inner-city seats in the next federal election, especially if Labor did not block funding for Beetaloo.

“We can have a debate (…) about how quickly we need to get out of coal and gas, but what everyone seems to agree on except Liberals and Labor, c is that we can no longer open up. “

When asked if he was concerned that an approach similar to the 2019 anti-coal mine campaign against Adani would help the coalition’s re-election, Mr Bandt said Labor should “stop standing by. fight again against the 2019 elections “.

“If Labor is to actively come out and open new coal and gas mines, then they will have to face the electoral consequences,” he said.

Associated Australian Press