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Offshore Petroleum - National Regulator

Senator SIEWERT (Western Australia— Australian Greens Whip) (13:21):  The Greens have taken a fairly strong stance, as people would be aware, on these issues and particularly since the Montara inquiry. The flaws in our current regulation of the offshore oil and gas industry were made extremely apparent with the Montara oil spill. As many of you know, I have been engaged with this issue since then and flew up to the Montara well to look at the spill at that time.

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Mining sector's heritage comments 'panicked and predictable' - Greens

The Federal Government should ignore the mining industry’s predictable negativity ahead of the upcoming announcement on the heritage listing of the Kimberley, the Australian Greens said today.

“These are last minute, panicked comments being made by an industry intent on turning the Kimberley into a mining pit with as little impediments as possible,” Senator Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson for the Kimberley & Northern Australia said today.

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Northern marine planning falls well short - Greens

Vast areas of important West Australian and Northern Territory ocean and coastline have been excluded from two draft Marine Bioregional Plans released today by the Federal Environment Minister.

“The Government continues to prioritise the interests of the resource sector and commercial fishing industry ahead of effective marine protection,” Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens marine spokesperson said today.

“These plans emphasise a policy short term gain ahead of adequate marine protection.

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Government provides underwhelming response to JPP bilby concerns

The Australian Greens have called on the Federal Government to end Woodside’s uncontrolled land clearing at James Price Point over concerns the action is threatening endangered species.

In today’s question time, Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on the Kimberley called the Government to account over new evidence showing the presence of endangered bilbies in the area.

“The Government’s response, that a compliance assessment would be undertaken at the site, is wholly underwhelming,” said Senator Siewert.

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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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Climate package biodiversity and NRM investment a big win for WA

The Australian Greens say funding from the carbon price package will be used to boost natural resource management programs across Western Australia.

Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on natural resource management said today that protecting and valuing the land and our biodiversity is an important part of tackling climate change.

“The package provides $1.7 billion of independently managed funding which will be used to protect biodiversity and assist natural resource management,” Senator Siewert 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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EPBC Act

Senator SIEWERT (Western Australia—Australian Greens Whip) (15:47):  The Greens will not be supporting this motion. For a start, regarding this issue about private members' time, we did debate a bill this morning and we got a whole bill through. The Independents were always due to have a slot during this sitting. In fact, as I recollect, it was the previous week that they were due to have a slot on a program—the whole slot. Senator Xenophon was very generous in giving up some of the time for this morning's debate to start the debate on this particular bill.

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