Marine

Australia has unique and internationally renowned marine and coastal environments which need protection to ensure their long term protection and the ongoing viability of sustainable industries. The Montara oil spill, Gulf of Mexico disaster and shipping accident and spill at Christmas Island highlight ongoing threats to our marine environment. 

In addition to their unparalleled ecological value, our marine assets are the backbone of our tourism and sustainable fishing industries and are iconic to the way of life of millions of Australians. The Greens are committed to ensuring healthy marine environments for future generations. 

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Invalid oil leases highlights contempt for environment when it comes to supporting petroleum industry

11 Feb 2016

A number of offshore petroleum titles in marine parks have been deemed invalid following a major administrative error that occurred between 2008 and 2015, it has been revealed.

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Senate calls on Government to reinstate world-class marine reserves

09 Nov 2015

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert has welcomed Senate support for her motion calling on the Government to reinstate Australia’s world-leading system of marine reserves, noting that Australia has some of the world‘s greatest marine natural resources with rich biodiversity.

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Senator Rachel Siewert comments on north-west coral bleaching threat

04 Nov 2015

“It is very concerning to learn that rising sea temperatures driven by El Nino are threatening coral reefs off the Kimberley coast.

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City of Albany urged to consider Eco Shark Barrier during tendering process for Middleton Beach this summer

29 Oct 2015

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert has welcomed part State Government funding for a shark barrier enclosure at Middleton Beach in Albany and has urged the City of Albany to consider a barrier that offers safety to swimmers without compromising the environment.

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$23.9 million to focus on coastal and marine protection welcome

28 Oct 2015

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert has welcomed $23.9 million to better understand marine species and their habitats whilst aiming to lower human-shark encounters, saying ‘any funding that will strengthen the protection of Australian swimmers and surfers whilst increasing understanding of our oceans is welcome’.

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Questioning on anti-radicalisation kit produces unconvincing reasoning for shark cull photo

21 Oct 2015

"Recently the Government released an ‘Anti Radicalisation Kit’ which discussed combating extremism and pictured an image of the peaceful ‪#‎noWAsharkcull protest that I attended with thousands of Western Australians early last year”, said Senator Rachel Siewert. 

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Senate calls on Government to reinstate our marine reserve system

12 Oct 2015

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert has welcomed Senate support for her motion calling on the Government to reinstate marine protected areas and their management plans, especially after recent news that mass coral die-off is looming.

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Greens will table statement from dive industry calling for marine sanctuaries to remain

15 Sep 2015

Over 100 dive and snorkel businesses have banded together to raise their concerns about the Government’s wind back of marine sanctuaries that could come from a review of Australia’s network of marine parks and sanctuaries.

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Queensland shark cull by-catch report shows the state must move to effective non-lethal measures

27 Aug 2015

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert has said recently released figures showing the amount of by-catch killed in Queensland nets and drumlines shows why Western Australian’s rejected drumlines along their coasts last year.

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Senate fails to call for investigation into Montara oil spill six years after the tragic event

20 Aug 2015

The Senate has failed to allow a motion to receive a vote that calls for the Federal Government to negotiate a full investigation on Montara Oil Spill with Indonesia, six years after the spill.

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