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media-releases

Government should keep Margaret River off resource exploration list- Greens

23 May 2011

The Australian Greens have welcomed reports that no companies have taken up an exploration lease located off WA’s Margaret River region.

The Australian Greens have welcomed reports that no companies have taken up an exploration lease located off WA’s Margaret River region.

media-releases

James Price Point development risks pristine environment

08 May 2011

The Australian Greens have reaffirmed their opposition to the industrialisation of WA's pristine Kimberley coast.

media-releases

Greens vow to fight Ningaloo drilling

08 Mar 2011

The Australian Greens have condemned plans to explore for oil and gas at a depth of over 5km just 50km off WA's world-famous Ningaloo reef and are calling on the Federal Government to reject the proposal.

The Australian Greens have condemned plans to explore for oil and gas at a depth of over 5km just 50km off WA's world-famous Ningaloo reef and are calling on the Federal Government to reject the proposal.

speeches-in-parliament

Caring for our Country

03 Mar 2011

Senator SIEWERT (Western Australia) (3.45 pm)—by leave—I move:That the Senate take note of the document. I am particularly keen to talk about this government response. It was in fact me who referred this matter to the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee, which is now called the Rural Affairs and Transport References Committee.

Senator SIEWERT (Western Australia) (3.45 pm)—by leave—I move:

That the Senate take note of the document. I am particularly keen to talk about this government response. It was in fact me who referred this matter to the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee, which is now called the Rural Affairs and Transport References Committee.

motions

DEEP SEA DRILLING MORATORIUM

02 Mar 2011

Senator SIEWERT (Western Australia) (3.45 pm)—I move: That the Senate:(a)    notes that the British High Court is hearing a legal challenge to the decision to allow deep sea drilling in the North Sea, based on the concern that the oil and gas industry has not demonstrated its readiness to effectively respond to a large-scale spill in deep water;

Senator SIEWERT (Western Australia) (3.45 pm)—I move: That the Senate:

(a)    notes that the British High Court is hearing a legal challenge to the decision to allow deep sea drilling in the North Sea, based on the concern that the oil and gas industry has not demonstrated its readiness to effectively respond to a large-scale spill in deep water;

questions-on-notice

Coal Seam Gas Industry (Question No. 210)

01 Mar 2011

Senator Siewert asked the Minister representing the Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, upon notice, on 17 November 2010: With reference to the coal seam gas mine planned for Curtis Island, within the Murray-Darling Basin catchment area:

Senator Siewert asked the Minister representing the Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, upon notice, on 17 November 2010: With reference to the coal seam gas mine planned for Curtis Island, within the Murray-Darling Basin catchment area:

media-releases

Australia out of step as UK reviews deepwater drilling

25 Feb 2011

The Australian Greens have expressed support for a ruling in the UK High Court which will see a judicial review of their Government’s decision to grant deepwater drilling licences off the Shetland coast.

The Australian Greens have expressed support for a ruling in the UK High Court which will see a judicial review of their Government’s decision to grant deepwater drilling licences off the Shetland coast.

estimates

BP Drilling in the Great Australian Bight & PTTEP

23 Feb 2011

ECONOMICS LEGISLATION COMMITTEE ESTIMATES – Wed 23 Feb 2011
Senator SIEWERT—Can I ask about the approval for BP oil exploration in the Great Australian Bight. I also want to ask about PTTEP. I apologise—can I take a step back and ask a more general question first. It does, however, relate to BP. It is on the outcomes and recommendations from the USA’s inquiry into the Deepwater Horizon spill. As you know, there are a great many detailed findings and recommendations— particularly findings. I am wondering how that has generally been incorporated into the department’s decision making, specifically as it relates to the BP grant.

ECONOMICS LEGISLATION COMMITTEE ESTIMATES – Wed 23 Feb 2011


Senator SIEWERT—Can I ask about the approval for BP oil exploration in the Great Australian Bight. I also want to ask about PTTEP. I apologise—can I take a step back and ask a more general question first. It does, however, relate to BP. It is on the outcomes and recommendations from the USA’s inquiry into the Deepwater Horizon spill. As you know, there are a great many detailed findings and recommendations— particularly findings. I am wondering how that has generally been incorporated into the department’s decision making, specifically as it relates to the BP grant.

estimates

Caring for Country & NRM

21 Feb 2011

Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee - Monday 21 February 2011
CHAIR—I welcome the officers from Sustainable Resource Management. We will go to Senator Siewert. Senator SIEWERT—I understand your discussion document has been released for the review.

Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee - Monday 21 February 2011


CHAIR—I welcome the officers from Sustainable Resource Management. We will go to Senator Siewert.

Senator SIEWERT—I understand your discussion document has been released for the review.

estimates

IPA – Caring For Country – NRS Program Funding

21 Feb 2011

Environment and Communications - Monday 21 February 2011Senator SIEWERT—Generally, I want to continue on the course of questioning I was asking about last estimates in terms of funding. In fact, I think over the last two estimates we have been talking about whether the cuts that were announced last year in terms of the funding for Caring for our Country actually moved to the NRS program. My understanding from the answers that we got was that it did. I am just wondering whether you have any more detail about where those cuts have been made to the program.

Environment and Communications - Monday 21 February 2011

Senator SIEWERT—Generally, I want to continue on the course of questioning I was asking about last estimates in terms of funding. In fact, I think over the last two estimates we have been talking about whether the cuts that were announced last year in terms of the funding for Caring for our Country actually moved to the NRS program. My understanding from the answers that we got was that it did. I am just wondering whether you have any more detail about where those cuts have been made to the program.

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