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Greens call for tagging of sharks caught on drum lines

The Australian Greens said today it is unbelievable that sharks caught through the WA Government's appalling drum line policy are not being tagged before their release.

Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on marine issues has called on WA Premier Colin Barnett to order the immediate tagging of any shark caught and released from drum lines off Perth or the South West.

"The Government clearly isn't interested in learning more about sharks. If it was it would be ensuring these sharks are tagged," Senator Siewert said today.

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Environment Minister fails evidence test on sharks

The Australian Greens have blasted the Abbott Government for exempting a proposed cull of sharks in WA waters, saying it makes a mockery of environmental laws.

"The Minister has basically approved the indiscriminate killing of great white sharks. If this is the Abbott Government's benchmark for protection of nationally protected species woe betide Australia," Greens National Marine Spokesperson, WA Senator Rachel Siewert said.

"The Greens will challenge this decision when Parliament resumes."

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Senate calls for protection of great whites

The Senate has backed an Australian Greens motion calling on the Federal Government to increase shark research and maintain protections for Great Whites in the face of culling threats from Western Australia.

"I welcome the Senate's decision to back my motion. This sends a clear message to the WA and Federal Governments that now is not the time for knee-jerk policy making that will have a potentially significant impact on sharks and our wider marine environment," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens marine spokesperson said today.

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