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Marine park scaremongering continues as resource threats remain

The Australian Greens have called for an end to the scaremongering around the Government's marine plans, saying more attention needs to be paid to the real elephant in the room - the free ride given to the oil and gas industry.

"Minister Burke has stated that less than 1 per cent of GVP will be lost to the fishing industry as a result of the marine plans recently announced," Senator Rachel Siewert, Greens marine spokesperson said today.

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Marine plans surrender to oil and gas

In an initial response to the release of marine sanctuary draft maps, Senator Siewert, the Australian Greens Spokesperson for Marine issues said today: “The outcome for the North and North-West region looks very disappointing, as it seems that the Pilbara sanctuary zone has been significantly modified from the draft proposal to accommodate the release of oil and gas exploration acreage.”

“I will be examining the final maps closely as more detail is made available but already I can see that this is a big win for the oil and gas sector.

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Government ‘reckless’ with oil and gas releases

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert says the Government is being reckless in releasing oil and gas acreage in and around marine parks and areas proposed as marine reserves.

“Once again, long term marine protection and sustainable industries are being threatened in the interests of short term financial gain,” Senator Siewert said today.

“Proposed marine sanctuaries and blue whale feeding grounds in the Western Otway Basin, one of only three such places in Australia, are under threat from exploration and these areas should be immediately withdrawn from the process.

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Increased police presence could escalate JPP tensions

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert says a build up of police numbers in Broome is a heavy handed response to ongoing opposition to development at James Price Point.

“The dramatic increase in police numbers in Broome will only create more tension and suspicion in the community,” Senator Siewert said today.

“This approach is heavy handed and mirrors the Premier's ongoing behaviour in regards to the James Price Point development. If anything, this has the potential to escalate matters in Broome.

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Senate calls for Minister to review decision on Shark Bay’s 1000 year old marine life

The Senate has today passed a motion calling on Environment and Water Minister Tony Burke to reassess a decision which will allow for the removal of 45 stromatolites from Hamelin Pool at Shark Bay.

“The Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities recently decided to allow the removal of these stromatolites, which are the world’s oldest living organisms,” Senator Siewert said today.

“The stromatolites were one of the listing criteria for the Shark Bay World Heritage Listing.

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Marine park plans jeopardised by budget investment


Greens Marine spokesperson Senator Rachel Siewert says efforts to establish a comprehensive network of marine parks around the Australian coast have been jeopardised by a lack of investment in the Federal Budget.

“The Marine Bioregional Planning Process has been underway for a long time – it’s more than a year since the closure of public comments on the first planning area, the South West region, and we’re yet to see any announcement from the Government,” Senator Siewert said today.

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Greens call for change to oil and gas acreage release process

The Australian Greens are calling for a change in the way oil and gas acreage is released, saying the Government need stop releasing areas that are environmentally sensitive.

Senator Rachel Siewert, Greens spokesperson on Marine and Fisheries said the prospect of drilling programs near Rowley Shoals was another demonstration of a flawed system.

“Environmental groups are right to have serious concerns about drilling in this area. The ecological credentials of Rowley Shoals are well established,” Senator Siewert said in Perth today.

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