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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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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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Indigenous spending plan flawed from the beginning: Greens

The Australian Greens have called on the government to fundamentally change its approach to funding policies relating to Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islanders, to prevent millions more being wasted on ineffective programs.

The call comes in response to news that the programs being funded in Aboriginal communities are not effective, despite the government spending $3.5 billion dollars annually.

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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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Kimberley heritage assessment must be completed - Greens

The Australian Greens say Environment Minister Tony Burke must make a final decision about the National Heritage listing of the West Kimberley before beginning any environmental assessments of the proposed James Price Point gas hub.

Minister Burke today announced that his decision about the National Heritage listing of the West Kimberley would be pushed back to 30 August 2011.

“This is not the first time that this decision has been postponed,” Australian Greens marine spokesperson Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

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Greens express concern over Ningaloo nomination boundaries

The Australian Greens have welcomed the announcement by the Federal Government of its nomination of WA's Ningaloo Reef to the World Heritage list, however they are concerned about the boundaries of the area nominated.

“As Australia's largest fringing coral reef and an area that has a fascinating array of land and marine ecosystems, Ningaloo certainly deserves this nomination, which is why the Greens have been calling for it for some time," the Greens' Marine Spokesperson, Senator Rachel Siewert said.

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Greens’ questions reveal - damage on Burrup worse than thought

Questioning by the Australian Greens during Senate Estimates has revealed that three areas within a national heritage zone on WA’s Burrup Peninsular have been affected by blasting and bulldozing.

Greens Senator for WA Rachel Siewert said concerns about damage to the area had first been raised with Federal Heritage Minister Peter Garrett last year.

“The answers given to me by officials from his department yesterday have revealed the damage is extensive and not just in one area,” Senator Siewert said.

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Garrett must take seriously allegations of damage on the Burrup: Greens

Greens Senator for WA Rachel Siewert has urged the Minister for Heritage, Peter Garrett to take seriously potential damage to a national heritage-listed site on Western Australia's Burrup Peninsular.

"We hear that the Heritage Minister's Department has gone to the trouble of seeking expert archaeological and legal advice about whether multinational Cemex has damaged artefacts of national heritage significance on the Burrup," Senator Siewert said.

"We now need to know the outcome of this advice and what Minister Garrett plans to do about it.

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