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Greens will refer NT plan to Senate committee

The Australian Greens will be referring the NT intervention Bills for Senate committee inquiry.

"The Australian Greens are not convinced -- and more importantly neither is the community -- that the Bills to be introduced to Parliament this week will deliver what is actually required to effectively tackle child abuse in the Northern Territory," said Senator Rachel Siewert today.

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Laws can't protect wetlands

"It became clear in Senate Estimates today that State and Commonwealth environment laws are inadequate to protect even our most icon wetlands," said Senator Rachel Siewert.

The Federal Environment Department today said they could "neither confirm nor deny" that an application to clear an area of land on the Gwydir floodplain had been made to the NSW Government.

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Greens urge transparency on Mitchell Plateau mining plans

Senator Rachel Siewert has reacted strongly to the announcement by United Minerals Corporation that a massive bauxite mine is again on the cards for the far-north Kimberley at Mitchell Plateau.

"We suspected all along that the State Government's support for the construction of large gas plants along the Kimberley coast had everything to do with opening the area up to mining interests. This announcement confirms that the Kimberley is now firmly in the crosshairs of heavy industry," Senator Siewert said.

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Return airport development to community

Senator Rachel Siewert has spoken out in the Senate against the Government's Airports Amendment Bill, pointing to the case of the Perth Airport brickworks as an example of why community organisations and State environmental, heritage and planning bodies should have input into developments on airport land.

The Greens will today move to have non-aviation related developments on airport land subject to State planning laws, which would have prevented the imposition of the brickworks on the eastern metropolitan community.

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Resource boom leaves many families behind

"WA's booming economy, driven by growth in the mining and energy industries, has not benefited most West Australian families," said Senator Rachel Siewert today.

New figures released by the Greens today show low wage growth in most sectors of the WA economy, a decline in housing affordability and an escalation in rental prices, together with unemployment rates in Perth and many regional centres comparable to those experienced during the recession of the '90s.

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