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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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,