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Browse assessment must ignore Barnett’s obsession with development

The Australian Greens said today the WA Government’s obsession with developing James Price Point continues with the appointment of a new panel to assess the Browse precinct, despite there now being no firm proposal for the area.

“The announcement of a new Browse assessment shows that the WA Government is refusing to back down from plans to industrialise the Kimberley,” Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens marine spokesperson said today.

“Colin Barnett’s government accepted the previous EPA assessment, knowing full well how deeply flawed it was. 

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Greens call for tagging of sharks caught on drum lines

The Australian Greens said today it is unbelievable that sharks caught through the WA Government's appalling drum line policy are not being tagged before their release.

Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on marine issues has called on WA Premier Colin Barnett to order the immediate tagging of any shark caught and released from drum lines off Perth or the South West.

"The Government clearly isn't interested in learning more about sharks. If it was it would be ensuring these sharks are tagged," Senator Siewert said today.

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Rallies send message - Abbott and Barnett governments must end shark cull 

The Australian Greens have told thousands of protesters at Cottesloe Beach in Perth that the WA shark cull must end immediately, as drum lines along the Perth coast target threatened species and vulnerable marine life.

"This is appalling, cruel and illogical marine policy. The drum lines kill indiscriminately and we have seen sharks being brutally slaughtered off our beaches," Australian Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne said today.

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Environment Minister fails evidence test on sharks

The Australian Greens have blasted the Abbott Government for exempting a proposed cull of sharks in WA waters, saying it makes a mockery of environmental laws.

"The Minister has basically approved the indiscriminate killing of great white sharks. If this is the Abbott Government's benchmark for protection of nationally protected species woe betide Australia," Greens National Marine Spokesperson, WA Senator Rachel Siewert said.

"The Greens will challenge this decision when Parliament resumes."

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As temperatures rise across WA, Tony Abbott tears down our best defence to climate change

As temperatures rise across the state, the Australian Greens said today that the impacts of global warming will continue to worsen if the Coalition's weak and flawed Direct Action plan becomes a reality.

"In a week where we will see extremely high temperatures around different parts of the state, the Abbott government continues to try and tear down the price on pollution, which is our best defence against future extreme storms, droughts and fires," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens Senator for WA said today.

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Greens call for Minister Hunt to intervene in WA's unjustified shark cull

The Australian Greens have called on Federal Minister for the Environment Greg Hunt to intervene in the WA Government's shark cull, saying he has a responsibility to protect the vulnerable great white shark.

"The WA Government has failed to refer its shark management program to the Federal Government for assessment under the EPBC Act. However, Minister Hunt can still determine that the Act has effect, as if a referral had been made. We are calling on him to do just that," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens marine spokesperson said today.

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Greens challenge State & Federal governments over shark cull

Joining thousands of West Australian beachgoers and ocean-users at today's rally on sharks at Cottesloe, Greens State and Federal MPs have condemned the shark cull policy and called on the Barnett Government to abandon it.

"The thousands of people attending today's national rallies are evidence of how deeply repugnant this policy is to Australians," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens Marine Spokesperson said today.

"We love our beaches and oceans, and understand the importance of protecting vulnerable species and ecosystems.

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100 scientists unite to oppose WA shark cull

The Australian Greens have called on the WA Government to abandon its shark cull policy as community opposition continues to grow.

An open letter to the WA Government co-signed by 100 scientists has been published today by Support our Sharks and calls for non-lethal measures to protect beach-goers, along with a greater investment in research and monitoring.

"Community opposition to the WA Government's plan to cull sharks through measures like drum lines has been increasing since it was announced," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens marine spokesperson said today.

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Coalition guts Australia’s marine parks

The Australian Greens said today the Coalition are showing total disregard for science and environmental protection by scrapping the management plans for our nation's world-leading network of marine protected areas.

"Our marine parks are now basically lines on maps. Nobody should be fooled- this decision guts marine parks," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens marine spokesperson said today.

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Senate calls for protection of great whites

The Senate has backed an Australian Greens motion calling on the Federal Government to increase shark research and maintain protections for Great Whites in the face of culling threats from Western Australia.

"I welcome the Senate's decision to back my motion. This sends a clear message to the WA and Federal Governments that now is not the time for knee-jerk policy making that will have a potentially significant impact on sharks and our wider marine environment," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens marine spokesperson said today.

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