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Federal Government complicit in compromised LNG hub negotiations

Media Release
Rachel Siewert 7 Dec 2011

 

The Australian Greens have called on Federal Minister Martin Ferguson to take a ‘step back’ from his prevailing efforts to locate a LNG hub on WA’s Kimberley Coast.

Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on the Kimberley said today that the Federal Government shared the blame for a compromised negotiations process with the area’s Traditional Owners.

“Resources Minister Martin Ferguson has shown an unabashed commitment to delivering a gas hub on the Kimberley coast, irrespective of the fact that more suitable locations exist,” said Senator Siewert.

“He was complicit in efforts to ensure the James Price Point location was chosen- even Wikileaks cables have shown this to be the case.

“The WA Government’s attempts to compulsorily acquire the land for the site were yesterday ruled invalid by the WA Supreme Court.

“This process compromised negotiations with Traditional Owners and has caused unrest in the community.

“Minister Ferguson needs to step back and allow due process to be followed.

“The Australian Greens believe the Federal Government should be taking steps to ensure other locations are now considered, under a model which ensures the economic benefits from these natural resources flow to Traditional Owners.

“No future negotiations should take place against the backdrop of compulsory acquisition,” Senator Siewert concluded.

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