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Mining, marsupials and rural self-determination


"There are things about growing up in a small town that you can't necessarily quantify". Hollywood is a long way from Broome, but when US actor Brandon Routh said this I felt that, in many ways, it summed up why some companies and politicians in the two major parties find it hard to understand why feelings are running so high in the community in regards to the James Price Point gas hub development.

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Woodside accused of trespass as gas hub workers attempt to bypass protestors

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert has called on Woodside to better educate its workforce about respect for Aboriginal land after it emerged that contractors are driving across Aboriginal land in a bid to get around James Price Point protestors.

“Woodside contractors are driving across land held by the neighbouring Yawuru people in a bid to bypass protesters opposed to the building of the gas hub,” Senator Siewert, Greens Spokesperson for the Kimberley and Aboriginal Issues said today. 

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Shell, PTTEP applications should be full assessed - Greens

The Australian Greens have questioned the Federal Environment Department's decision to allow Shell to drill near the newly-declared Ningaloo World Heritage area without a full environmental assessment.

"This deep water drilling will be at a depth of about 1350 metres, in an area of great environmental significance. This is nearly as deep as the Deepwater Horizon well in the Gulf of Mexico that went so tragically wrong," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens marine spokesperson said today.

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James Price Point

Scott Ludlam 6 Jul 2011

Senator SIEWERT & Senator LUDLAM: To move:
That the Senate—

(a) condemns the heavy handed tactics of the Western Australian Government which has instructed Western Australian police to forcibly remove locals from the road blockade at James Price Point, arresting elderly women, traditional owners and custodians;

(b) acknowledges the concern in the Broome community about the regional impact of the Browse development at James Price Point; and

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JPP arrests a 'sad reflection' on WA - Greens


The Australian Greens said today the arrest and forcible removal of protesters from James Price Point is an indictment on the process being undertaken to develop a LNG hub in the area.

WA Senators Rachel Siewert and Scott Ludlam have today called for the Environment Minister to put a stop to any land clearing at James Price Point until heritage and environmental assessments have been completed.

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Wind Farms report

Senator SIEWERT (Western Australia—Australian Greens Whip) (13:53):  I would like to very quickly make a few remarks, bearing in mind that this was a very controversial inquiry, and I thank the senators who participated and the secretariat for the work they have put into this committee.

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