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Abbott turns to scare campaign on marine protection


Tony Abbott is using scare tactics to undermine attempts to secure Australia’s marine environments for future generations.

“Marine protection is about long term thinking, something the Coalition can’t appreciate,” Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens marine spokesperson said today.

“Caring for our marine environment is not only about protecting the ecosystems but also about protecting the industries and communities that rely on them.

“Years of research and consultation have gone into the bioregional planning process that Mr Abbott now wants to abandon.

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Dinosaurs on the Dampier Peninsula


I  rise  tonight  to speak about the imminent threat posed to a unique part of Australia. It is a stretch of the pristine Kimberley coastline, which tells the story of our planet and our country from 130 million years ago. It has a record of our planet that was formed at a time when Australia, Antarctica  and  New  Zealand  formed  a  single  land mass. 

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Super-trawler headed for WA – with jumbo jet sized nets in tow

The Australian Greens say the world’s second largest super-trawler, Margiris, will be an unwelcome visitor if reports it plans to make an unannounced stop in Western Australia next week are correct.

“Super-trawlers are a destructive way of fishing. The Margiris is a 142m floating freezer which uses industrial-scale fishing nets large enough to fit four jumbo jets,” Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens Marine spokesperson said today.

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The right to a peaceful JPP protest must be respected

The Australian Greens have called for the police and WA Government to respect the right of people to peacefully protest Woodside’s actions at James Price Point.

“Community members, including Goolarabooloo people are today protesting against the transportation of drilling equipment set to undertake destructive work at James Price Point,” Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said.

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James Price Point – too precious to lose to short term gas profits

 Leader of the Australian Greens, Senator Christine Milne and Greens spokesperson for the Kimberley, Senator Rachel Siewert, visited James Price Point yesterday. Today they will be aboard the Sea Shepherd's flagship vessel, the Steve Irwin, to see the whale nursery under threat from the Woodside gas hub development.

"This amazing place is a clear example of how fixation on short term gas profits can do huge damage to people and communities' interests into the future," Senator Christine Milne said.

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Greens condemn Australia’s vote of support for an increased humpback whale hunting quota for St Vincent’s and the Grenadines

The Australian Greens have today called on the Environment Minister, Tony Burke, to explain his decision to vote in support of allowing St Vincent’s and the Grenadines to increase their take humpback whales at the recent International Whaling Committee meeting in Panama.
Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens Spokesperson for Marine and Fisheries, said today, “Supporting an increase in the St Vincent’s and the Grenadines's whaling quota is essentially supporting the slaughter of twenty-four Humpback Whales including the incidental killing of mothers and calves.

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Greens call on Prime Minister to visit proposed site of controversial gas hub while in Kimberley

The Australian Greens have welcomed the Prime Minister's visit to the Kimberley, and encourage her to take time to visit the James Price Point site, see the dinosaur footprints and meet with the Traditional Owners before she leaves.

Senator Siewert, Australian Greens Spokesperson for the Kimberley said today, "It is great to see that the Prime Minister has been able to take time to visit one of the most precious places in Australia but I hope she is aware of the significant threat of industrialisation that this region faces.

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South Korean whaling back-down 'encouraging'

The Australian Greens said today it was encouraging to hear that South Korea is reconsidering its decision on so-called scientific whaling.

Greens spokesperson on whaling, Senator Rachel Siewert has urged the Federal Government to offer to share scientific research and understanding to South Korea.

"Reports are now suggesting that South Korea may consider alternatives to lethal whale research, which is a promising sign," Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

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International leadership needed to end South Korea whaling bid

The Australian Greens have called on the Federal Government to engage fully with South Korea in an attempt to prevent them from undertaking so-called scientific whaling.

Senator Rachel Siewert, Greens spokesperson on Whaling said today that the possibility of more countries engaging in whaling practices was alarming.

“The lie that is scientific whaling cannot be allowed to shield further whaling operations,” Senator Siewert said today.

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