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Senate fails to call for investigation into Montara oil spill six years after the tragic event

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Rachel Siewert 20 Aug 2015

The Senate has failed to allow a motion to receive a vote that calls for the Federal Government to negotiate a full investigation on Montara Oil Spill with Indonesia, six years after the spill.

“It is a disappointing that the Senate denied formality on this motion, this is an important issue that deserves attention and action.

Tomorrow will be six long years since the Montara Oil Spill, a disaster that spewed oil into the marine environment for months.

“The Spill that occurred in the Timor Sea went for over 10 weeks and (based on the company’s estimates) leaked over 4.5 million litres of oil. 

“It is clear that oil ended up in Indonesian waters and since time Indonesian fishers and seaweed farmers have complained about impacts on their livelihoods and significant economic loss. 

“I have long called for a full investigation of the spill in Indonesian waters, a recent report from the Australian Lawyer’s Alliance show that the fallout from the spill is still severe and long reaching.

“It has been six years, we must pinpoint the cause of economic and environmental devastation experienced by seaside communities in Indonesia following the worst offshore oil spill in Australia’s history.

“In 2009 the then opposition supported my motion calling for an inquiry, so it is disappointing that the Coalition has now opposed my calls for an investigation.

“We owe this investigation to the people of Indonesia and our marine environment.

“This investigation cannot be wished away as time passes. I will continue to push for a full investigation into the spill.

Motion reads  

Notice of Motion

Montara Oil Spill

Senator Rachel Siewert

 

I give notice, that on the next day of sitting, I will move that:

The Senate:

  1. Notes that it has been six years since the Montara oil spill

     

  2. Notes the recent report from the Australian Lawyer’s Alliance, “After the Spill, Investigating the impact of Australia's Montara oil disaster in Indonesia” which finds that local economies in the East Nusa Tenggara region of Indonesia have lost billions of Australian dollars, and reported widespread sickness and health conditions which they believe were caused by the oil spill.

     

  3. Calls on the Federal Government to negotiate with Indonesia for a full investigation, that can pinpoint the cause of economic and environmental devastation experienced by seaside communities in Indonesia following the worst offshore oil spill in Australia’s history

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