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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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Christmas Island wreck could be left to rot

Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens marine spokesperson said today that the Federal Government was ‘sitting on its hands’ over the salvage of the wrecked ship responsible for January’s Christmas Island oil spill.

In Question Time today, the Federal Government today could not answer questions on the salvage of the disintegrating MV Tycoon, which was irreparably damaged after breaking its moorings and striking cliffs near the loading facility on the Island.

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Concerns continue over Christmas Island salvage delays

Australian Greens marine spokesperson, Senator Rachel Siewert has today raised concerns about ongoing leaks from the wrecked ship Tycoon at Christmas Island.

“I have had reports from concerned locals about the further impact of this accident on the environment and fumes affecting nearby residents,” Senator Siewert said today.

“The Australian Transport Safety Bureau’s preliminary report into the foundering of the cargo ship has noted at least five areas that require detailed investigation.

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Government should stop spending peanuts on invasive grasses

The Australian Greens say more funding for Indigenous rangers would tackle the issue of out of control Gamba grass, without the need for elephant intervention.

“The real elephant in the room is the lack of priority and funding which is given to outback biodiversity protection and management,” Senator Rachel Siewert, Greens natural resource management spokesperson said today.

“I’m amazed such a suggestion has been made given the potential damage that could be caused by such introductions and the fact that there are already ways of dealing with this problem.

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Christmas Island spill could be ‘devastating’ - Greens

The Australian Greens have called for an immediate inquiry into the cause of the shipping accident and subsequent oil spill at Christmas Island.

"This accident could cause devastating impacts on the marine environment around Christmas Island, with little hope of clean up or remediation,” Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens marine spokesperson said today.

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Australian Greens National Conference Press Conference - November 6, 2011

Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown, Senator for Queensland Larissa Waters, Senators for Western Australia Rachel Siewert and Scott Ludlam, and Member for Melbourne Adam Bandt spoke to the media about the Australian Greens National Conference in Fremantle, WA.

Topics included the allocation of preferences, the environmental threats posed by developments in the Kimberley, and the Nationals' call for a "discussion paper" on coal seam gas. 

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Icon reports showcase northern marine treasures

The Australian Greens have called on the Environment Minister Tony Burke to carefully examine the submissions being made to the marine planning process around Australia's northern coastline.

Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens marine spokesperson said today that two publications from the Save Our Tropical Sea Life alliance highlighted a number of iconic areas that deserve protection under a robust North West and Northern Marine Bioregional Planning process.

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Green amendments strengthen national regulator

The Australian Greens have improved the operations of the new national regulator for the offshore oil and gas sector, but say the Government and Coalition have failed to adequately learn from the lessons of the Montara Oil Spill.

The Greens support the establishment of NOPSEMA (the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority) as a national regulator with responsibility for oil well integrity, environmental management and occupation health and safety matters.

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