Resources, Mining & CSG

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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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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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Australian Greens call on Government to abandon Margaret River oil field exploration

05 May 2010

The Australian Greens today condemned the Federal Government’s plans to open the oceans off WA’s South West coast to oil exploration, as community groups ramp up their protests against the proposal.Resources Minister Martin Ferguson is expected to include an area of unique marine environment just 83km from the Margaret River coast when the 2010 Offshore Petroleum Acreage Releases for oil exploration are announced on 16 May.

The Australian Greens today condemned the Federal Government’s plans to open the oceans off WA’s South West coast to oil exploration, as community groups ramp up their protests against the proposal.

Resources Minister Martin Ferguson is expected to include an area of unique marine environment just 83km from the Margaret River coast when the 2010 Offshore Petroleum Acreage Releases for oil exploration are announced on 16 May.

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Community sector critical to Australia's future

03 May 2010

After spending two days recently in Geraldton one thing became very clear – a lot of people throughout the region are doing some stunning work in their community.

After spending two days recently in Geraldton one thing became very clear – a lot of people throughout the region are doing some stunning work in their community.

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Greens concerned about cuts to environment programs

28 Apr 2010

The Australian Greens today voiced concern over reports that the Rudd Government intends to slash funding to natural resource management and environment programs in the coming budget. "I am very concerned by reports that the Caring for Our Country program may have its budget cut by up to 22% and that other environment programs may also be cut by up to 25%," said Greens environment spokesperson Senator Rachel Siewert today. "These cuts would come on top of the many serious problems with the program - problems which have already seen significant job losses in regional natural resource management organisations and volunteers walking away from community programs after decades of dedicated work."

The Australian Greens today voiced concern over reports that the Rudd Government intends to slash funding to natural resource management and environment programs in the coming budget.

"I am very concerned by reports that the Caring for Our Country program may have its budget cut by up to 22% and that other environment programs may also be cut by up to 25%," said Greens environment spokesperson Senator Rachel Siewert today.

"These cuts would come on top of the many serious problems with the program - problems which have already seen significant job losses in regional natural resource management organisations and volunteers walking away from community programs after decades of dedicated work."

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Northern Australia

24 Feb 2010

 The DEPUTY PRESIDENT—The President has received a letter from Senator Parry proposing that a definite matter of public importance be submitted to the Senate for discussion, namely: The Rudd Labor Government’s continued fail ure to meet the development needs of Northern Australia preventing the region from advancing.

 The DEPUTY PRESIDENT—The President has received a letter from Senator Parry proposing that a definite matter of public importance be submitted to the Senate for discussion, namely: The Rudd Labor Government’s continued fail ure to meet the development needs of Northern Australia preventing the region from advancing.

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Confirmed: Indonesian fish stocks contaminated by Montara oil

24 Feb 2010

Concerns repeatedly raised by the Australian Greens that Indonesian fishing grounds were contaminated by oil from last year’s Montara oil spill have been confirmed, following testing of an oil sample submitted to the Montara oil spill inquiry by Australian Greens Senator for WA Rachel Siewert.

Concerns repeatedly raised by the Australian Greens that Indonesian fishing grounds were contaminated by oil from last year’s Montara oil spill have been confirmed, following testing of an oil sample submitted to the Montara oil spill inquiry by Australian Greens Senator for WA Rachel Siewert.

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Natural resources management and conservation challenges

04 Feb 2010

The final report of the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee, Natural resources management and conservation challengesSenator SIEWERT (Western Australia) (10.53 am)—The Greens moved to refer national resource management and conservation to the Senate Standing Committee on Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport because we felt it was so important that Australia had a proud legacy of funding to the National Soil Conservation program, the Landcare program, the Natural Heritage Trusts 1 and 2 and various smaller funding systems under that. We have developed a very proud tradition of land care. In fact, there are 56 regional natural resource management organisations around the country, in various states and under different management regimes.

The final report of the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee, Natural resources management and conservation challenges

Senator SIEWERT (Western Australia)
(10.53 am)—The Greens moved to refer national resource management and conservation to the Senate Standing Committee on Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport because we felt it was so important that Australia had a proud legacy of funding to the National Soil Conservation program, the Landcare program, the Natural Heritage Trusts 1 and 2 and various smaller funding systems under that. We have developed a very proud tradition of land care. In fact, there are 56 regional natural resource management organisations around the country, in various states and under different management regimes.

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