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. 


Greens respond to marine park announcements

14 Jun 2012

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert speaks to the media in Canberra today after the Government's marine parks announcement.


Marine plans surrender to oil and gas

14 Jun 2012

In an initial response to the release of marine sanctuary draft maps, Senator Siewert, the Australian Greens Spokesperson for Marine issues said today: “The outcome for the North and North-West region looks very disappointing, as it seems that the Pilbara sanctuary zone has been significantly modified from the draft proposal to accommodate the release of oil and gas exploration acreage.”


Government ‘reckless’ with oil and gas releases

14 May 2012

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert says the Government is being reckless in releasing oil and gas acreage in and around marine parks and areas proposed as marine reserves.


Senate calls for Minister to review decision on Shark Bay’s 1000 year old marine life

10 May 2012

The Senate has today passed a motion calling on Environment and Water Minister Tony Burke to reassess a decision which will allow for the removal of 45 stromatolites from Hamelin Pool at Shark Bay.


Marine park plans jeopardised by budget investment

09 May 2012


Greens Marine spokesperson Senator Rachel Siewert says efforts to establish a comprehensive network of marine parks around the Australian coast have been jeopardised by a lack of investment in the Federal Budget.



Greens seek budget investment for WA marine planning

02 May 2012

The Australian Greens have called on Environment Minister Tony Burke to use this week’s visit to WA as an opportunity to listen to the strong and consistent calls for improved protection of the state’s marine environment.


Greens call for change to oil and gas acreage release process

12 Apr 2012

The Australian Greens are calling for a change in the way oil and gas acreage is released, saying the Government need stop releasing areas that are environmentally sensitive.


WA Government need to protect sea lions – Greens

19 Mar 2012

The Australian Greens have expressed disappointment at the Government and Coalition’s reluctance to support calls for the WA Government to improve protection for the vulnerable Australian Sea Lion.


ASMA must examine 'all options' for removing Christmas Island wreck

08 Mar 2012

The Australian Greens say the continued leaking of oil from the MV Tycoon, which remains wrecked off Christmas Island, emphasises the need to salvage the ship as soon as possible.


Christmas Island wreck could remain in place for months

14 Feb 2012

The Australian Greens have expressed concern that the MV Tycoon, which currently lies wrecked off Christmas Island could remain where it is for months to come.

The Australian Greens have expressed concern that the MV Tycoon, which currently lies wrecked off Christmas Island could remain where it is for months to come.

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