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BP should cease drilling preparations for Great Australian Bight

Greens Senator for South Australia Robert Simms says BP should cease its preparations to drill for oil and gas in waters off SA.

It was reported today that BP Australia is currently building a supply base in Port Adelaide to serve its desired exploration campaign for oil and gas.

"It's inappropriate and arrogant for BP to be proceeding with the construction of a supply base when they have not been given permission to conduct the drilling," said Senator Simms.

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Qld Labor’s inaction on a dump levy stinks

The Queensland Labor Government must urgently re-introduce a waste management levy to stop Queensland being treated as a dumping ground by other states.

As reported on today, about 10 per cent of Queensland's landfill last year came from other states where waste management levies exist.

"The Labor Government is letting Queensland be treated as a rubbish tip by other states and it stinks," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and environment spokesperson, said.

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Senate Supports Independent Inquiry into Tasmanian World Heritage Area Bushfires

The Senate has today supported an independent inquiry into the fires in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.

The motion notes the damage already done by the fires, and calls for an independent inquiry into the response to the fires, and to inform improved planning and preparation for future fires.

“Only governments can establish the kind of inquiry this motion calls for, so the pressure is now firmly on Tasmanian Premier Will Hodgman to take the issue seriously.”

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Drilling in the Great Australian Bight will not go unchecked

The Australian Greens welcome Senate support for their inquiry into proposed drilling off the Great Australian Bight.

"BP must be held to account for its shocking environmental record and poor community consultation. BP's initial submission to drill for oil off the Great Australian Bight was turned down by the regulator, NOPSEMA and it is high time this issue was put under the microscope," Greens Senator for South Australia Robert Simms said.

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Speech: Report on toxic contamination at RAAF Base Williamtown

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (16:12): I rise to speak on the Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee report on contamination caused by firefighting foams at RAAF Base Williamtown and Australian Defence Force facilities. On behalf of the Greens, I moved for this inquiry and was pleased to get the support of the Senate. We moved to do that because of the rising concerns of residents at Williamtown, and many other people as well, that the Department of Defence was not being responsible in how it was responding.

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Liberal Government watering down environmental conditions for mining mates

Revelations today that the Liberal Government has watered down the environmental conditions of 21 projects, including coal mines, in the past nine months are incredibly concerning.

 

“The Liberal Government is trying to fool communities by saying they have set so-called strict conditions when approving mines that threaten our land, water and climate,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and environment spokesperson, said.

 

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Turnbull Government ignores experts and community in push to stifle enforcement of environment law

The government-dominated Senate Inquiry into the government’s bill to limit public enforcement of environment law has ignored community opposition, scientific evidence and legal advice by recommending the bill in its report today.

The Australian Greens’ dissenting report highlights community opposition and legal experts’ arguments against the bill.

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National MP dumps on his own community with backing of nuclear dump in NSW

Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon has rejected plans to build a nuclear waste dump at Sallys Flat in western NSW as irresponsible and dangerous and another attempt to breathe life into the discredited nuclear industry.

“Local National MP John Cobb has shown he does not know what it means to be a local member. He should be standing up for the health and well-being of his constituents not giving quick endorsement to a nuclear dump only 65 kilometres north of Bathurst,” Senator Rhiannon said.

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