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Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Bioregional Plans) Bill 2011

Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Bioregional Plans) Bill 2011
Second Reading

Senator SIEWERT (Western Australia—Australian Greens Whip) (11:39):  So the Greens are the extreme ones in this debate, apparently, and yet Senator Boswell has just accused the minister for the environment of being a dictator.

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Single oil and gas regulator an ‘important step’ – Greens

Australian Greens marine spokesperson Senator Rachel Siewert says legislation to establish a national regulator for the offshore petroleum industry is an important step towards improving regulation of the oil and gas sector.

“The establishment of a single regulator is a significant move, as recommended by the Montara Commission of Inquiry,” Senator Siewert said today.

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Key areas missing from South West Marine Plan – Greens

Today’s announcement has fallen well short of the comprehensive network of marine sanctuaries promised for Australia’s South West marine region by Federal Environment Minister Burke, according to Greens marine spokesperson, Senator Rachel Siewert.

“Some key areas are missing from the plan,” Senator Siewert said today.

“Our South West marine region includes some of the greatest marine diversity on the planet and provides a habitat for many rare and endangered species. It provides a home to more unique marine life than the Great Barrier Reef.

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Greens vow to fight Ningaloo drilling

The Australian Greens have condemned plans to explore for oil and gas at a depth of over 5km just 50km off WA's world-famous Ningaloo reef and are calling on the Federal Government to reject the proposal.

Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens Marine spokesperson says that despite the huge Montara and the Gulf of Mexico oil spills, oil and gas regulations in Australia remain unchanged as the Government continues to grant licences for drilling in important environmental areas.

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Bledisloe Boulevard and Harbourlights Way (Question No. 194)

Senator Siewert asked the Minister representing the Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, upon notice, on 11 November 2010: With reference to Bledisloe Boulevard and Harbourlights Way, Lots 812 and 813 which have been identified by the Sunshine Coast Regional Council, Queensland, as one of its upcoming significant development applications: Is the Minister aware of this development; if so:

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Australia out of step as UK reviews deepwater drilling

The Australian Greens have expressed support for a ruling in the UK High Court which will see a judicial review of their Government’s decision to grant deepwater drilling licences off the Shetland coast.

Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens Marine spokesperson says the reasons behind the ruling highlight concerns about the Australian Government’s decision to allow exploration in deep water in the Great Australian Bight.

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Native vegetation on private land

Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee - Monday 21 February 2011

Senator SIEWERT—I understand you have started a project called drivers and barriers to the management of native vegetation on private land.

Mr Glyde—Correct.

Senator SIEWERT—I cannot find it very easily. Where would I find the details about that particular project?

Mr Morris—The project is still underway. It was one, I believe, contracted to us from the sustainable resource management area of the department. But if you would like a copy of the terms of reference—

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