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James Price Point – too precious to lose to short term gas profits

 Leader of the Australian Greens, Senator Christine Milne and Greens spokesperson for the Kimberley, Senator Rachel Siewert, visited James Price Point yesterday. Today they will be aboard the Sea Shepherd's flagship vessel, the Steve Irwin, to see the whale nursery under threat from the Woodside gas hub development.

"This amazing place is a clear example of how fixation on short term gas profits can do huge damage to people and communities' interests into the future," Senator Christine Milne said.

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Christmas Island wreck could remain in place for months

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.

“Today in Senate Estimates I asked the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) about their plans for the Tycoon, and was told that salvage is unlikely in the immediate future,” Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens marine spokesperson said today.

“ASMA suggested they will probably wait until after the end of the cyclone season to begin salvage of the ship.

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Christmas Island wreck could be left to rot

Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens marine spokesperson said today that the Federal Government was ‘sitting on its hands’ over the salvage of the wrecked ship responsible for January’s Christmas Island oil spill.

In Question Time today, the Federal Government today could not answer questions on the salvage of the disintegrating MV Tycoon, which was irreparably damaged after breaking its moorings and striking cliffs near the loading facility on the Island.

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Government should stop spending peanuts on invasive grasses

The Australian Greens say more funding for Indigenous rangers would tackle the issue of out of control Gamba grass, without the need for elephant intervention.

“The real elephant in the room is the lack of priority and funding which is given to outback biodiversity protection and management,” Senator Rachel Siewert, Greens natural resource management spokesperson said today.

“I’m amazed such a suggestion has been made given the potential damage that could be caused by such introductions and the fact that there are already ways of dealing with this problem.

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Christmas Island spill could be ‘devastating’ - Greens

The Australian Greens have called for an immediate inquiry into the cause of the shipping accident and subsequent oil spill at Christmas Island.

"This accident could cause devastating impacts on the marine environment around Christmas Island, with little hope of clean up or remediation,” Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens marine spokesperson said today.

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Time for joint venture partners to look elsewhere

 

The joint venture partners of the proposed gas hub at James Price Point must be growing increasingly frustrated with the project, the Australian Greens said today.

Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on the Kimberley says that the joint venture partners should be looking for alternative development locations.

“It is clear that other locations offer a better alternative than James Price Point,” Senator Siewert said today.

“A new site should be chosen so that development does not compromise culture, heritage or the environment.

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Federal Government complicit in compromised LNG hub negotiations

 

The Australian Greens have called on Federal Minister Martin Ferguson to take a ‘step back’ from his prevailing efforts to locate a LNG hub on WA’s Kimberley Coast.

Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on the Kimberley said today that the Federal Government shared the blame for a compromised negotiations process with the area’s Traditional Owners.

“Resources Minister Martin Ferguson has shown an unabashed commitment to delivering a gas hub on the Kimberley coast, irrespective of the fact that more suitable locations exist,” said Senator Siewert.

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Greens call for complete review of James Price Point gas hub

 

Australian Greens spokesperson on the Kimberley, Senator Rachel Siewert, says today’s Supreme Court ruling must lead to a complete review of the development of an LNG hub at James Price Point.

“The companies now have the perfect opportunity to reconsider the location of the Hub and move it away from James Price Point,” Senator Siewert said today.

“The state and Federal Governments must also seriously reconsider their approach to the future of this project.

“Today’s decision emphasises the need to find an alternative site for the LNG Hub.

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Pricing carbon makes Australia a world leader in action against climate change - WA Greens

WA Senators Rachel Siewert and Scott Ludlam say today's historic carbon price vote is the start of serious action on climate change.

"The passage of the Clean Energy Future package through the Senate represents a new beginning for our economy, with new industries and new jobs being created," Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

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