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

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.

“It is a disappointing that the Senate denied formality on this motion, this is an important issue that deserves attention and action.

Tomorrow will be six long years since the Montara Oil Spill, a disaster that spewed oil into the marine environment for months.

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Tony Abbott, do you know what the word ‘sanctuary’ means?

Australian Greens spokesperson on Marine issues has labelled Tony Abbott quietly granting exploration permits on marine sanctuaries as ‘yet another shameless example of his Government prioritising the dirty fuel industry over the environment".

“I urge the Prime Minister to halt his attack on marine sanctuaries, to reinstate the sanctuaries and repeal the permits granted over sanctuaries.

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Greens motion demands that Greg Hunt must deny catch and kill exemption in favour of non-lethal measures

In line with No Shark Cull Rallies across the country Greens Senator spokesperson on marine issues Rachel Siewert has today announced a notice of motion that will condemn new Serious Threat Guidelines of the Western Australian Government.

"The first week back in the Senate we are moving to highlight that in Western Australia the move towards a revised catch and kill policy is just as indiscriminate and as nonsensical as hanging hooks along our coast throughout the summer.

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Shark hunt off WA coast a drastic overreaction: Greens

The Australian Greens said today that the issuing of a catch and kill order for a white shark off Warnbro Sound is a drastic overreaction.

"It is outrageous that the Government would be using the tagging system to hunt sharks off the WA coast," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens marine spokesperson said today.

"Preventative measures are in place and tracking and monitoring can continue. There's nothing to suggest it poses a threat and that this shark needs to be killed, simply for being in what the Government considers to be the wrong place at the wrong time.

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Australia hosts World Parks Congress as Government fails on marine protection

The Australian Greens said today it is ironic that Australia is hosting the World Parks Congress when our Government has torn down our world leading system of marine parks.

"The Federal Government should restore our system of marine parks by immediately reinstating their management plans," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on marine issues said.

"It is an international disgrace for Australia to be hosting the World Parks Congress when our Government has taken the retrograde step of suspending the management plans for our marine parks.

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Barnett backs down from Federal shark cull assessment

The Australian Greens said today that Premier's decision to withdraw his shark cull from Federal Government assessment should finally signal an end of the flawed policy.

Reports today indicate that the WA Government has withdrawn an application for an exemption to the EPBC Act, which would have allowed the Premier to carry out a three year shark cull off Perth and the South West of WA.

"I hope that by withdrawing the shark cull from federal assessment, Colin Barnett is abandoning this cruel policy," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens marine spokesperson said today.

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Government wastes millions on marine review

The Australian Greens said today that the Commonwealth system of marine reserves will remain as nothing more than lines on a map until at least 2016.

"It was established during estimates today that the Abbott Government's review of Australia's marine parks won't be given to the Minister until mid-2015. I cannot see how management plans will be completed and implemented before 2016," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens marine spokesperson said today.

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WA Greens join People’s Climate March

Federal and State Greens MPs will join today's People's Climate March in Perth, joining world-wide action ahead of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's emergency climate summit in New York.

"The millions of people who are marching around the world in the People's Climate Marches are sending a strong signal to our leaders that the world is ready for ambitious action on climate change," Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

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Government to waste time & money learning what we already know about marine protection

The Australian Greens said today that the Federal Government was wasting time and money on a review of Commonwealth Marine Reserves, when strong evidence already underpins the nation's network of Marine Protected Areas.

"Minister Hunt's announcement of this independent review ignores the decades of science that went into planning the network of Marine Protected Areas that were put in place under the former Government," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens marine spokesperson said today.

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