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Coral Sea Conservation Zone saved: Greens

A battle of Senate tactics went the way of the Government and Greens with Senator Xenophon's support tonight, blocking a bid by the Opposition to disallow the Coral Sea Conservation Zone.

An Opposition disallowance motion seemed set to succeed and would have stymied Environment Minister Peter Garrett's proclamation of the Coral Sea Conservation Zone. The Coalition tactic was to talk out the motion and avoid a vote.

The Greens moved a last minute motion, supported by the Government and most of the cross-bench, which led to the vote being put.

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Australian Greens concerned Tiwi Islanders lumped with ‘unviable’ project

The Australian Greens are calling for Federal and Northern Territory action to ensure logging and plantation operations on Tiwi Islands are sustainable and bring benefits to the Island's community.

"I am very concerned by the admission of the administrators of the forestry project on Melville Island, that the operations as commercially unviable," said Greens Senator Rachel Siewert.

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Greens back deferral of decision on bottom-trawling off WA

Greens Senator for WA Rachel Siewert has welcomed signs that the Rudd Government may extend a closure to bottom trawling off the Kimberley and put off its a decision on Commonwealth trawl fishery boundaries off Western Australia.

"By deferring the decision on Commonwealth trawl fishery boundaries for another year, the Federal Fisheries Minister would create an opportunity for a more informed process that would take into account likely impacts on the marine ecosystem and local fisheries," Senator Siewert said.

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Greens urge Fed Govt to save Derby men’s service

The Australian Greens are urging the Federal Government to ensure that a successful men’s service in WA's east Kimberley that has been widely praised for tackling alcohol abuse and reducing domestic violence is not forced to close its doors next week.

“Wamba Nilgee Burru Ngardu, also known as Derby Men's Service, accommodates about 60 men a week – providing a place to eat, sleep and wash, while supporting them to turn their lives around,” Senator Rachel Siewert said.

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Four weeks after oil spill began, Govt response inadequate: Greens

The Australian Greens say that four weeks after oil began spilling into the Timor Sea, the Government’s response in regards to addressing potential marine impacts is insufficient.

“Today marks exactly four weeks since the Montara wellhead emergency began and yet we are still not seeing an adequate  response by Government to address all the potential impacts on marine life, including large marine mammals such as whales and turtles, fish and corals,” Greens Senator for Western Australia Rachel Siewert said.

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Senate backs full inquiry into oil spill

The Senate today supported a Greens' motion to ensure that any inquiry into the Montara oil spill is comprehensive.

"It is essential that we have a comprehensive inquiry into all aspects of the oil spill so we can learn for the future," said Senator Siewert today in Canberra.

The Australian Greens were concerned that the inquiry into the Montara oil spill proposed by the Government could be limited to technical and regulatory issues and not also review the clean-up operations or the environmental impacts of the spill.

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Sad story of Pipistrelle bat a lesson: Greens

The Australian Greens have urged the Federal Government to act earlier to protect the habitat of threatened species, following revelations that Christmas Island's Pipistrelle bat is doomed to extinction.

"I'm saddened but not surprised that it has come to this," Greens Senator for WA Rachel Siewert said. "This is a difficult species to capture and the idea of a captive breeding program was too little, too late.

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Serious questions over oil spill clean-up: Greens

The Australian Greens are backing commercial fishing operators in saying serious questions need answering about the West Atlas oil spill and the clean-up operation.

"The clean-up operation must minimise the environmental impacts of this spill. I am very concerned about information my office is receiving about the impacts of the oil and potential impacts of the clean up operation itself on marine life in the area. I'm concerned to hear that fishers are seeing marine life affected by the spill, " Greens Senator for WA Rachel Siewert said.

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PM’s Gorgon claims not backed by figures: Greens

Claims by Kevin Rudd that the Gorgon gas project must go ahead on an A-class reserve at Barrow Island so that the project’s emissions can be sequestered in reservoirs beneath the island are undermined by the proponents’ own figures, Greens Senator for WA Rachel Siewert says.

“Out of the nearly nine million tonnes-a-year of CO2 emissions that the Gorgon project will create, the proponents quite clearly state that they planning to geo-sequester less than half,” Senator Siewert said.

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