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Greens praise Newcastle anti-coal direct action

Media Release
Lee Rhiannon 5 Aug 2011

Federal Greens Senator for NSW Lee Rhiannon today congratulated Rising Tide activists who scaled a coal conveyor belt at the Port of Newcastle to highlight the link between coal, climate change and famine in Somalia.

“Non-violent actions are a courageous way to underline the urgent need to combat the global impacts of climate change by constraining the growth of NSW’s coal industry,” Senator Rhiannon said.

“Ship after ship leaving Newcastle Port, heaped with coal, are contributing to the greatest threat we face in human history.

“Stopping the expansion of Newcastle Port and NSW’s coal industry is essential if we are to ward off similar human tragedies such as that being felt by Somalians today,” Senator Rhiannon said.

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