Mining and Resources

The Australian Greens want a strong and diverse economy that sets us up for the long term and does not undermine our environment and the wellbeing of our communities.

The Greens want our future energy needs to be met using renewable energy. Continued reliance on polluting fossil fuels such coal and coal seam gas is destroying our environment, risking our food security, skewing the economy and affecting local communities.

Senior Treasury officials have refuted industry spin about job creation and the claims that the benefits of the mining boom are universal.

The Greens are taking action in the community and in the Parliament with bills to strengthen our national laws to protect our precious water resources, farmland, rural communities and environment from the impacts of rapacious mining.

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media-releases

Greens call for immediate release of Montara report

23 Sep 2010

The Australian Greens are maintaining pressure on the Government to promptly release the findings of the Montara Commission of Inquiry, after Resource Minister Martin Ferguson today only committing to releasing the report by the end of 2010.

The Australian Greens are maintaining pressure on the Government to promptly release the findings of the Montara Commission of Inquiry, after Resource Minister Martin Ferguson today only committing to releasing the report by the end of 2010.

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Greens look for fresh start on oil spill prevention

14 Sep 2010

The Australian Greens say the reappointed Minister for Resources, Martin Ferguson should start his new term by releasing the Montara Commission of Inquiry report and getting on with oil and gas regulation reform.

The Australian Greens say the reappointed Minister for Resources, Martin Ferguson should start his new term by releasing the Montara Commission of Inquiry report and getting on with oil and gas regulation reform.

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Greens conservation plan targets mammal extinctions

03 Sep 2010

The Australian Greens say growing concerns about the long term survival of mammal species in Northern Australia highlights the need for a new approach to conservation and protection.
Senator Rachel Siewert, Greens spokesperson for Natural Resource Management says the Greens Northern Australia Mammal Protection Plan, launched during the 2010 election campaign, can play an integral role in mammal conservation.

The Australian Greens say growing concerns about the long term survival of mammal species in Northern Australia highlights the need for a new approach to conservation and protection.


Senator Rachel Siewert, Greens spokesperson for Natural Resource Management says the Greens Northern Australia Mammal Protection Plan, launched during the 2010 election campaign, can play an integral role in mammal conservation.

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Walk Against Warming - Senator Rachel Siewert

18 Aug 2010

Greens Senator for WA, Senator Rachel Siewert speaks to the Walk Against Warming crowd in Fremantle, WA.The Australian Greens are taking a comprehensive agenda to tackle climate change to the 2010 Federal Election.

Greens Senator for WA, Senator Rachel Siewert speaks to the Walk Against Warming crowd in Fremantle, WA.

The Australian Greens are taking a comprehensive agenda to tackle climate change to the 2010 Federal Election.

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Protecting Our Coasts

01 Jul 2010

The recent oil spill at Christmas Island is another demonstration of the threats posed to our coastline and marine environments every day. The Montara oil spill off the WA coast in 2009 and the ongoing Deepwater Horizon spill in the US have underlined the importance of strong regulation and compliance in preventing disasters and how little we can do to limit environmental and economic damage once they occur.

The recent oil spill at Christmas Island is another demonstration of the threats posed to our coastline and marine environments every day.

The Montara oil spill off the WA coast in 2009 and the ongoing Deepwater Horizon spill in the US have underlined the importance of strong regulation and compliance in preventing disasters and how little we can do to limit environmental and economic damage once they occur.

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Greens plan to prevent catastrophic oil spills

30 Jun 2010

The Australian Greens will push for tough new regulations for the oil and gas industry, including a comprehensive polluter pays regime, to reduce the risk of catastrophic oil spills off Australian coastlines.

The Australian Greens will push for tough new regulations for the oil and gas industry, including a comprehensive polluter pays regime, to reduce the risk of catastrophic oil spills off Australian coastlines.

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Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill

18 Jun 2010

Senator SIEWERT (2.52 pm)—My question is to the Minister representing the Minister for Resources and Energy, Senator Wong. Given the similarity in possible causes of the current disastrous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and the Montara oil spill in the Timor Sea

Senator SIEWERT (2.52 pm)—My question is to the Minister representing the Minister for Resources and Energy, Senator Wong. Given the similarity in possible causes of the current disastrous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and the Montara oil spill in the Timor Sea

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Greens call for Government backdown on oil and gas exploration leases

01 Jun 2010

The Greens are calling on the Federal Government to rescind the recent announcements on oil and gas exploration off the Australian coast in light of the ongoing disaster in the Gulf of Mexico and the Montara oil spill off Western Australia.

The Greens are calling on the Federal Government to rescind the recent announcements on oil and gas exploration off the Australian coast in light of the ongoing disaster in the Gulf of Mexico and the Montara oil spill off Western Australia.

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Australian Greens denounce Margaret River oil and gas exploration

17 May 2010

The Australian Greens have joined environment groups and local residents in denouncing the Federal Government’s decision to include two areas off WA’s South West coast among 31 new oil and gas exploration leases announced today under the 2010 Offshore Petroleum Acreage Releases.

The Australian Greens have joined environment groups and local residents in denouncing the Federal Government’s decision to include two areas off WA’s South West coast among 31 new oil and gas exploration leases announced today under the 2010 Offshore Petroleum Acreage Releases.

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Margaret River Petroleum Exploration

13 May 2010

Senator SIEWERT (Western Australia) (10.11 am)—I move: That the Senate—(a)    notes that:   (i)    the Government has included in the annual release of offshore petroleum exploration areas for 2010 an area 83 km off the coast of Margaret River in south Western Australia,

Senator SIEWERT (Western Australia) (10.11 am)—I move: That the Senate—

(a)    notes that:
  (i)    the Government has included in the annual release of offshore petroleum exploration areas for 2010 an area 83 km off the coast of Margaret River in south Western Australia,

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