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Australia should commit to legally binding accountability when it comes to sharks: Greens

Australia has signed on to expand the list of shark species currently protected in a Sharks Memorandum of Understanding under the Convention of Migratory Species (CMS) but continues to step away from legally binding international measures that would enforce protection of those species, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

“Signatories to CMS are meeting this week in Costa Rica to discuss the expanded list of shark species.

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

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.

“There are offshore petroleum titles that maintained ‘prior usage rights’ – basically the leases were allowed to remain despite marine parks being declared over the lease sites that have apparently been renewed without environmental approval”, said Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert.

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Senate calls on Government to reinstate world-class marine reserves

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.

“The Senate has supported my motion explicitly calling on the Government to reinstate Australia’s system of marine reserves.

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Senator Rachel Siewert comments on north-west coral bleaching threat

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

“This highlights yet again the importance of ensuring that we protect areas of our marine environments, protecting areas from other impacts helps ensure they are more resilient and gives our reefs a fighting chance.

“We have unique marine species found nowhere else in the world, but right around the country, our oceans are under threat.

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

 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.

 “It is great to see Middleton beach has been offered $200,000 in part funding to install a shark barrier enclosure for 2015/16.

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

"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.  

“After the community rejected the image as part of the kit, it was promptly removed online.

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