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Burrup Plant Must be Fixed: Greens

"The Woodside Pluto development should be moved immediately to the NW Joint Venture site. What more evidence is needed?" said Senator Rachel Siewert.


Senator Siewert has welcomed the scathing report by Jo McDonald Cultural Heritage Management into the risks to Burrup Peninsula heritage values from continued industrial development.

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Burrup Plant Must be Fixed: Greens

"The Woodside Pluto development should be moved immediately to the NW Joint Venture site. What more evidence is needed?" said Senator Rachel Siewert.


Senator Siewert has welcomed the scathing report by Jo McDonald Cultural Heritage Management into the risks to Burrup Peninsula heritage values from continued industrial development.

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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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US Forces Given the Nod

Rachel Siewert 15 Feb 2007

The Americanisation of Australian defence policy has been further entrenched by the announcement of a major US spy base outside Geraldton.

"With no warning the Federal Government has signed up for a new Pine Gap on Perth's doorstep. This is the most significant US military encroachment into Australia since the Pine Gap treaty was signed in 1966," Senator Rachel Siwert said this morning.

"Australians are now even more deeply enmeshed in United States military endeavours, whether we agree with them or not. It is a classic John Howard capitulation to US military interests."

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More evidence shows Womens' wages gutted by AWAs

Rachel Siewert 14 Feb 2007

"I am extremely concerned to see that the move to individual workplace agreements is already resulting in significant widening of the gender pay gap," said Senator Rachel Siewert today.

New evidence released this week demonstrates a widening gender pay gap for women on AWAs, with a drop of almost 20% over a two year period for non-managerial employees. The report "Australian Workplace Agreements and Gender Equity" was produced by Prof. Alison Preston and colleagues of WiSER at Curtin University.

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