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Green to continue with Opal Fuel Bill


The Australian Greens will use the findings of a Senate Inquiry to improve their proposed legislation to help the rollout of low aromatic fuel in areas affected by petrol sniffing.

The Community Affairs Legislation Committee today handed down its report into the Australian Greens’ Low Aromatic Fuel Bill 2012.

Senator Rachel Siewert, who introduced the Bill into the Senate, says the legislation is strongly supported by communities and organisations working to eliminate petrol sniffing.

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Greens to examine funding for petrol sniffing programs

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert will examine a federal government decision to end the provision of funding to three petrol sniffing programs during tomorrow’s Senate Inquiry into the Greens’ Low Aromatic Fuel Bill.

It has been reported that federal funding for the programs in the Kimberley, Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara lands and central Australia will not continue past this year.

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Overwhelming support for Low Aromatic Fuel at Alice Springs Inquiry Hearing

The Australian Greens said today that there is overwhelming support for their Low Aromatic Fuel Bill which enables the Federal Government to mandate the supply of non sniffable fuel in declared areas.

Greens Senator Rachel Siewert,  who introduced the Bill to the Senate earlier this year, has been listening to the evidence at the Senate Inquiry into the Bill  in Alice Springs and said today, "The evidence we have heard to date endorses the Bill and has provided substantial for the need for the Bill.

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Petrol sniffing outbreak demonstrates the need for legislation

An outbreak of petrol sniffing in Katherine demonstrates the need for legislation to support the rollout of non sniffable fuel, the Australian Greens said today.

Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health has a Private Member's bill before the Senate that could be used to mandate the sale of non-sniffable fuel in at-risk communities if retailers are unwilling to participate in efforts to reduce the harm of petrol sniffing.

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