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Icon reports showcase northern marine treasures

The Australian Greens have called on the Environment Minister Tony Burke to carefully examine the submissions being made to the marine planning process around Australia's northern coastline.

Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens marine spokesperson said today that two publications from the Save Our Tropical Sea Life alliance highlighted a number of iconic areas that deserve protection under a robust North West and Northern Marine Bioregional Planning process.

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Green amendments strengthen national regulator

The Australian Greens have improved the operations of the new national regulator for the offshore oil and gas sector, but say the Government and Coalition have failed to adequately learn from the lessons of the Montara Oil Spill.

The Greens support the establishment of NOPSEMA (the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority) as a national regulator with responsibility for oil well integrity, environmental management and occupation health and safety matters.

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Offshore Petroleum - National Regulator

Senator SIEWERT (Western Australia— Australian Greens Whip) (13:21):  The Greens have taken a fairly strong stance, as people would be aware, on these issues and particularly since the Montara inquiry. The flaws in our current regulation of the offshore oil and gas industry were made extremely apparent with the Montara oil spill. As many of you know, I have been engaged with this issue since then and flew up to the Montara well to look at the spill at that time.

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Mining sector's heritage comments 'panicked and predictable' - Greens

The Federal Government should ignore the mining industry’s predictable negativity ahead of the upcoming announcement on the heritage listing of the Kimberley, the Australian Greens said today.

“These are last minute, panicked comments being made by an industry intent on turning the Kimberley into a mining pit with as little impediments as possible,” Senator Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson for the Kimberley & Northern Australia said today.

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Northern marine planning falls well short - Greens

Vast areas of important West Australian and Northern Territory ocean and coastline have been excluded from two draft Marine Bioregional Plans released today by the Federal Environment Minister.

“The Government continues to prioritise the interests of the resource sector and commercial fishing industry ahead of effective marine protection,” Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens marine spokesperson said today.

“These plans emphasise a policy short term gain ahead of adequate marine protection.

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Government provides underwhelming response to JPP bilby concerns

The Australian Greens have called on the Federal Government to end Woodside’s uncontrolled land clearing at James Price Point over concerns the action is threatening endangered species.

In today’s question time, Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on the Kimberley called the Government to account over new evidence showing the presence of endangered bilbies in the area.

“The Government’s response, that a compliance assessment would be undertaken at the site, is wholly underwhelming,” said Senator Siewert.

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Woodside accused of trespass as gas hub workers attempt to bypass protestors

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert has called on Woodside to better educate its workforce about respect for Aboriginal land after it emerged that contractors are driving across Aboriginal land in a bid to get around James Price Point protestors.

“Woodside contractors are driving across land held by the neighbouring Yawuru people in a bid to bypass protesters opposed to the building of the gas hub,” Senator Siewert, Greens Spokesperson for the Kimberley and Aboriginal Issues said today. 

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