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Emergency Heritage Listing - Burrup Peninsula

Rachel Siewert 5 Dec 2006

Senator Rachel Siewert, Dr Carmen Lawrence MP and Mr Peter Andren MP have today submitted an application for emergency heritage listing of the Burrup Peninsula.

Section 324F of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act allows for emergency heritage listings if the values of a site are directly threatened.

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Opal campaign critical to avoid further tragedy

Rachel Siewert 4 Dec 2006

"The deaths of two young boys and the critical state of another highlights the urgency with which the government needs to deal with the broad scale roll out of Opal non sniffable fuel," said Senator Rachel Siewert today.

"Despite government promises to implement a broad scale roll out and to ensure a community education campaign, they are dragging their feet.  We heard just last week that a number of stations in Alice Springs had stopped carrying it due to deliberate circulation of misinformation which the government failed to counter."

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Government inaction undermines the roll-out

Rachel Siewert 28 Nov 2006

"The failure by the Howard Government to deliver the promised community education campaign to back-up the roll-out of un-sniffable OPAL fuel in Alice Springs is threatening to undermine the success of the scheme," said Senator Rachel Siewert today.

"Based on previous experience with Avgas and the introduction of Opal to remote communities, the Senate Inquiry into petrol sniffing recommended that community education would be needed for the scheme to succeed," she said.

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Burrup submissions close – time for Campbell to act

Rachel Siewert 28 Nov 2006

The Greens have urged Environment Minister Ian Campbell to add the Burrup Peninsula to the National List as recommended by the Australian Heritage Council.

"Senator Campbell should have done this a month ago, but he didn't want to upset industry. Today is the deadline for new submissions – he should now grant protection to the Burrup without delay," Senator Siewert said.

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Government must address systems failure on AWB

Rachel Siewert 28 Nov 2006

"It is Western Australian farmers who are suffering the fallout of the AWB scandal right now," said Senator Rachel Siewert today.

"The Government set up the current approach to wheat marketing and export, and has comprehensively failed in its obligations to oversee and monitor its implementation."

"AWB was allowed to run amok, and the watchdog set up to monitor it - the WEA - simply didn't.  What's more the WEA took a very narrow interpretation of its role. Why didn't this ever register with the Government?"

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Government changes heart on water recycling

Rachel Siewert 28 Nov 2006

The Greens today repeated their call for the Government to fund a full-scale water recycling plant as part of a community education campaign on the science and safety of recycling.

"The government has not been genuinely interested in water recycling, as was evidenced by the fiasco in Toowoomba, where their actions forced the politicisation of the issue and led to a doomed referendum," said Senator Siewert today.

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AWB findings point to Government failings

Rachel Siewert 27 Nov 2006

"Commissioner Cole's findings of the likely illegality of AWB's actions come as no surprise.  Nor am I surprised that the report makes no findings against the Government" said Senator Rachel Siewert today.

"The terms of reference of the inquiry were limited to the possible illegality of actions by AWB and other companies. This meant the Commission couldn't look at whether the government, DFAT, Ministers Vaile and Downer, and the government's statutory watch-dog the WEA were doing their job," said Senator Siewert.

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$60 million gift to Chevron could be better spent

Rachel Siewert 24 Nov 2006

The Greens have suggested more appropriate recipients for $60 million grant from the Low Emissions Technology Demonstration Fund than Chevron Texaco.

"With respect, I can think of better uses for $60 million in greenhouse funding than giving it to one of the largest oil companies in the world," Senator Siewert said.

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Senator Campbell to preside over extinction?

Rachel Siewert 18 Nov 2006

Senator Rachel Siewert has written to Environment Minister Ian Campbell to call his attention to the impacts of proposed phosphate mining on Christmas Island on the critically endangered Pipistrelle Bat.

"The Christmas Island Pipistrelle Bat was listed as critically endangered on the same day as the Orange Bellied Parrot," Senator Siewert said.

"The mining company intends to mine regrowth rainforest on Christmas Island which will destroy 90% of the foraging habitat of this species, and may well push it over the line to extinction."

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Think twice before fuelling Indian nukes: Greens

The Greens have warned the Howard Government against uranium exports to India, after the United States Senate approved a nuclear deal between India and the US.

"The pressure will now come on Canberra to ramp up uranium exports to India, a nuclear weapons state which refuses to sign the Non-Proliferation Treaty," said Senator Rachel Siewert.

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