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Greens announce Bill to end WA’s shark cull

The Australian Greens have today announced they will introduce a private members bill in the Senate to end WA's shark cull.

"Our Bill ends the exemption to the EPBC Act that has allowed Colin Barnett's cruel cull to go ahead. It will also prevent the Federal Environment Minister from granting any future exemptions to the Act for the purposes of using drum lines to catch sharks," Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne said today.

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EPA joins Federal Government in not scrutinising shark cull

The Australian Greens said today it is appalling that the EPA will not properly examine WA's shark cull, despite the clear impact it is having on marine life.

"Colin Barnett continues to avoid any proper scrutiny for his barbaric shark cull, with the WA EPA joining the Federal Government in failing to properly examine the policy, " Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens marine spokesperson said today.

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Environment Minister fails to protect Australia's sharks

The Australian Greens said today that the Environment Minister had failed in his responsibilities to protect sharks when he exempted WA's current shark drum line program and that this failure continues while he refuses to review breaches of the shark cull conditions.

"It is not good enough that he only plans to assessment the next phase of the shark cull," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens marine spokesperson said today.

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Senate backs Greens’ motion on WA shark cull as Abbott & Barnett sing with one voice

The Senate has backed an Australian Greens motion calling on the Federal Government to terminate the exemption from the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act granted to Premier Colin Barnett's drum line policy following the deaths of members of a protected species.

"The Senate today supported my motion calling for a termination of the exemption, recognising that at least two mako sharks have died on WA's drum lines since the cull began," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens marine spokesperson said today.

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Environment Minister must intervene in WA’s shark cull as pressure mounts on Premier Barnett

The Australian Greens have called on the Environment Minister Greg Hunt to intervene in the WA shark cull and invoke his commitment that any breach of conditions will result in the EPBC exemption being terminated.

"Mr Hunt has said in a letter to me that he would terminate the exemption granted to WA if there were breaches. He should do that now," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens marine spokesperson said today.

"The cull is having a significant and unintended impact on small and protected sharks, in breach of the conditions set out by the exemption.

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Senate condemns WA shark cull

The Senate has passed an Australian Greens motion condemning WA's catch and kill shark policy, and has called on Environment Minister Greg Hunt to revoke the exemption enabling the cull to take place.

The motion was moved this afternoon by Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens marine spokesperson.

"The Senate has condemned WA's shark cull and called for its exemption under the EPBC Act to be revoked," Senator Siewert said today.

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Marine park management plans need immediate reinstatement

The Australian Greens said today that new research on marine parks highlights deep flaws in the Federal Government's decision to dump management plans for marine protected areas.

"New research form the University of Tasmania shows that properly designed and managed marine parks are extremely effective. They boost fish stocks and restore biodiversity," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens marine spokesperson said today.

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