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WA marine waters need protection: Greens

The Australian Greens today welcomed the international spotlight on marine waters off south-western Australia following the launch of the protecting Western Australia’s Big Blue Backyard report.

“The waters off Western Australia between Kalbarri and Eucla richly deserve this attention because they are one of the most bio-diverse areas in the world,” Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said.

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Christmas Island Pipistrelle Bat facing extinction

The Australian Greens today called on the Government to urgently invest in research to save the pipistrelle microbat, found only on Christmas Island, which is facing imminent extinction.

"It is terrible that things have been allowed to get to this state. The fragile and unique ecosystem that exists on Christmas Island needs to be protected," said Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert.

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WA senators rally against climate change

Greens WA Senators Rachel Siewert and Scott Ludlam were among thousands of concerned citizens who called on the Federal Government to take meaningful action on climate change in Canberra today.

Senator Siewert said she was thrilled by the West Australian turnout at the Canberra rally.

“The fact that people travelled across the Nullarbor to be here showed this is truly a national emergency,” she said.

Senator Ludlam said it was a great start to the first sitting of Parliament this year.

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Ord River irrigation expansion needs careful planning: Greens

The Australian Greens today expressed their deep concern over expansion of the Ord River irrigation project in North Western Australia, following Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's announcement of funding under the Federal Government's infrastructure package.

"The Rudd Government need to stop and look at the bigger picture, before rushing into large-scale irrigation projects in Northern Australia," said Senator Rachel Siewert.

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Government sidelines Indigenous Rights in climate negotiations

The Australian Greens today deplored the Australian Government's approach to Indigenous rights during climate change negotiations this week.

"Mr Rudd should be explaining to the Australian people how on one hand he has made an election promise to endorse the UN Declaration of Indigenous Rights, whilst on the other hand acting to cut out any practical application of those rights in the negotiations currently underway at the UN Climate Conference in Poznan," said Senator Rachel Siewert.

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Greens start Senate Inquiry into Tiwi Islands

The environmental and economic impact of forestry and mining in the Tiwi Islands will be scrutinised under a Senate Inquiry set up by the Australian Greens today.

"The Tiwi Islands, 80km north of Darwin, have significant biodiversity values, with eucalypt forests and tropical savannas existing alongside rainforest," said Senator Rachel Siewert.

"These forested areas in the Tiwi Islands are now the subject of a major clear-felling and wood chipping project approved by the Howard government in 2001, resulting in deforestation of an estimated 30,000 hectares."

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