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Greens call on Greg Hunt reject Barnett's shark cull

The Australian Greens are calling on the Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt to support the recommendation of the WA EPA and reject Colin Barnett's shark cull.

"The EPA's decision shows that the science does not support this cull," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens marine spokesperson said today.

"Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt will have the final say, and given the extensive body of evidence highlighting the flaws in Colin Barnett's plan, we call on him to support the EPA's recommendation.

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New report shows dredging threat to reefs

The Australian Greens said today that new research has highlighted the risk posed to WA's coral reefs by dredging works undertaken as part of oil, gas and port operations.

"The latest study from James Cook University has examined the impacts of dredging associated with development at Barrow Island, and it shows a doubling of coral diseases," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens marine spokesperson said today.

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No cull message comes to Parliament House

Scientists and surfers have visited Parliament House today to speak about non-lethal alternatives to WA Premier Colin Barnett's shark cull.

Professor Jessica Meeuwig from UWA, Professor Rob Harcourt from Macquarie University, Dr Charlie Huveneers from Flinders University and Brendon Donohoe, Chairman of Surfrider Foundation Australia gave a briefing for MPs and staff in Parliament House today, co-sponsored by Western Australian Senator Rachel Siewert and MP for Fremantle Melissa Parke.

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Senate calls for science to prevail in shark cull debate

The Senate has today supported an Australian Greens motion noting the letter of concern from 305 scientists about the cruel WA shark cull and calling on the Federal Government to reject the proposal.

"My motion acknowledges the contribution of the 305 scientists and experts who signed a Letter of Expert Concern showing that there is no justification for Colin Barnett's government to continue this cull," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens marine spokesperson said today.

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Scientists emphatically reject WA’s shark cull

The Australian Greens today urged Minister for the Environment Greg Hunt to listen to the large group of Australian and international scientists and experts rejecting Colin Barnett's shark cull.

More than 300 leading scientists and experts have signed a Letter of Expert Concern, which has been sent to the WA EPA and Minister Hunt, as part of the assessment process for the proposed three year extension of WA's shark cull.

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Abbott left in Obama's wake as US acts on ocean conservation

The United States has taken further lead on climate, science and conservation with President Barack Obama using his executive powers to declare additional marine protected areas and increasing research funds for monitoring ocean acidification as part of push to deal with the impacts of pollution, climate change, and overfishing in our oceans.

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Federal Government must look beyond Premier’s shark cull review

The Australian Greens have called on the Federal Government to look beyond the WA Premier's review of the state's shark cull as they deliberate on the application to extend the policy.

"Today we've seen the WA Department of Premier and Cabinet table a fundamentally bias review of their shark cull that does nothing to further this debate or aide the Federal Environment Minister's decision as to whether or not to approve a three year extension," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens marine spokesperson said today.

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Greens mark World Oceans Day

The Australian Greens are today recognising World Oceans Day by joining a rally at Hillarys Marina maintaining pressure on the WA and Federal Governments over Colin Barnett's shark cull.

"World Ocean Day reminds us of the value of our oceans and marine life and the need to protect them from pollution, overfishing and climate change," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens marine spokesperson said today.

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Greens to proceed with shark cull bill

The Australian Greens said today they will respond to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights request for further information on their bill to prevent another exception of the WA shark cull being granted, ensuring that another cull doesn't proceed before it is subject to environmental assessment.

"I do not think that the right to life elements of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) applies to this legislation," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens marine spokesperson said today.

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Greens tell Premier - hands off JPP

The Australian Greens said today that WA Premier Colin Barnett should forget about any thoughts he may have of restarting the push to process LNG at James Price Point in the Kimberley.

"The clear message to the Premier is ‘hands off'," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens marine spokesperson said today.

"The redrawing of WA's maritime boundaries makes absolutely no difference to the ongoing opposition to the processing LNG at James Price Point.

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