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Greens urge Government action over Rottnest drilling threat

The Australian Greens are urging the Federal Government and Resources Minister Martin Ferguson to grant Nexus Energy an exemption from oil exploration licence requirements which could lead to exploratory drilling off the Perth and Rottnest Island coast.

Senator Rachel Siewert, Greens Marine Spokesperson, said today that the sight of an oil rig just 10km from the Perth coast would fill residents with dread.

"It defies logic that we're even having this discussion. It's a no-brainer," Senator Siewert said today.

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Greens call for Montara report on spill anniversary

Australian Greens Marine Spokesperson, Senator Rachel Siewert, has today reiterated calls for the immediate release of a Commission of Inquiry report into the 2009 Montara oil spill in the Timor Sea.

“It is unacceptable that 12 months after the spill was contained, we still haven’t seen the report, there has been no action taken against those responsible for the spill and no tightening of the regulation of our oil and gas industry,” Senator Siewert said today.

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Greens disappointed by 'inadequate' biodiversity strategy

The Australian Greens are disappointed with the Government’s newly released Australia’s Biodiversity Conservation Strategy 2010-2030, saying it offers little hope for reversing Australia’s declining natural diversity.

“There is a distinct ambiguity to the five year national targets included with this strategy, and there is no mention of the financial support this strategy will be given,” Senator Siewert said today.

“This strategy is totally inadequate in the face of Australia's growing environmental challenges.

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Co-operation, not compulsory acquisition for the Kimberley

Australian Greens Aboriginal Issues spokesperson Senator Rachel Siewert has used a visit to the Kimberley to call for a more respectful approach to development in the region, as the WA Government continues moves to compulsory acquire land for a new gas hub.

Senator Siewert was in the Kimberley accompanied by fellow WA Senator Scott Ludlam and Greens Leader Bob Brown for a series of meetings and a visit to James Price Point.

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