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Co-operation, not compulsory acquisition for the Kimberley

Australian Greens Aboriginal Issues spokesperson Senator Rachel Siewert has used a visit to the Kimberley to call for a more respectful approach to development in the region, as the WA Government continues moves to compulsory acquire land for a new gas hub.

Senator Siewert was in the Kimberley accompanied by fellow WA Senator Scott Ludlam and Greens Leader Bob Brown for a series of meetings and a visit to James Price Point.

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Compulsory acquisition wrong, say Greens


The Australian Greens have criticised the WA Government’s decision to compulsory acquire land for a resources project at James Price Point, saying important human rights and environmental issues are being ignored.

Senator Rachel Siewert, Greens spokesperson for Aboriginal Issues says the compulsory land acquisition is not acceptable and is a step backwards from meaningful reconciliation.

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Greens urge Fed Govt to save Derby men’s service

The Australian Greens are urging the Federal Government to ensure that a successful men’s service in WA's east Kimberley that has been widely praised for tackling alcohol abuse and reducing domestic violence is not forced to close its doors next week.

“Wamba Nilgee Burru Ngardu, also known as Derby Men's Service, accommodates about 60 men a week – providing a place to eat, sleep and wash, while supporting them to turn their lives around,” 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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Barnett prepares to lay blame on Traditional Owners

The latest impasse between Kimberley Traditional Owners and Premier Colin Barnett over the siting of an LNG hub in the Kimberley highlights the State Government's poor handling of the decision-making process, the Australian Greens say.

"We are now seeing Premier Colin Barnett preparing to lay the blame for a failure to reach an agreement squarely on the shoulders of Traditional Owners, when in reality he is to blame for skewing the process," Greens Spokesperson on Indigenous Issues, Senator Rachel Siewert said.

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Don't make the mistakes of NT in the Kimberley

The Australian Greens today called for caution in rolling out the NT Intervention to areas such as the Kimberley, instead pushing for continued funding with a more community based focus.

"While we definitely need to address the long term underinvestment in Indigenous communities, what is needed is an evidence based approach that aims to build on what already works," said Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert.

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Greens: Kimberley needs comprehensive plan

Rachel Siewert 5 Feb 2008

The Greens today cautiously welcomed the announcement by Environment Minister, Peter Garrett of a strategic assessment of the Kimberley, but stressed that a comprehensive long-term planning approach was needed.

"The Greens have been calling for a regional development strategy for the Kimberley for some time," said Senator Rachel Siewert today.

"It is crucial that the planning process is comprehensive – that it considers all types of industrial development - not just gas projects. "

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