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JPP arrests a 'sad reflection' on WA - Greens

Media Release
Scott Ludlam 5 Jul 2011


The Australian Greens said today the arrest and forcible removal of protesters from James Price Point is an indictment on the process being undertaken to develop a LNG hub in the area.

WA Senators Rachel Siewert and Scott Ludlam have today called for the Environment Minister to put a stop to any land clearing at James Price Point until heritage and environmental assessments have been completed.

“Aboriginal people have been arrested while protesting in protection of their land during NAIDOC Week.  This is a sad reflection on Western Australia,” Senator Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on the Kimberley and Aboriginal Issues said today.

“Representatives of Broome’s families have come to Canberra this week to share their community’s concerns about the LNG hub. The broader community in Broome is extremely concerned about the impact of this development on their town and their region,” said Senator Siewert.

Senator Ludlam has accused the Federal Environment Minister of inaction, leading to Aboriginal people being forcibly removed from their country.

In his question to Federal Environment Minister, Senator Ludlam asked why the Minister was allowing 20 hectares of land to be cleared and for drilling to commence at James Price Point prior to the completion of the heritage assessment and prior to granting of State or Commonwealth environmental approvals.

The Minister’s response was to admit that they were working with the WA State Government to move the project forward despite the lack of final approval.

“Why are local people including elderly women, local small business people, Traditional Owners, custodians being arrested to stop a bulldozer working at a site for a project that hasn’t been approved?”

“When will the Minister tell Woodside to wait for the final assessment of the project?” said Senator Ludlam.

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