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Greens establish Senate Inquiry into the impact of climate change on fisheries and our oceans

Greens spokesperson for Healthy Oceans, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, has welcomed the support of the Senate in agreeing to establish an Inquiry into the impact of climate change on our fisheries and on marine biodiversity.

“The nation has been shocked by the now annual bleaching of the Great Barrier Reef from heating oceans. What everyone may not be aware of is that global warming is driving dramatic changes throughout Australia’s marine estate and this is having enormous impacts.

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Greens to introduce Bill to protect the Great Australian Bight from BP

South Australian Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young will give notice today that she will introduce legislation to the Senate that would see the Great Australian Bight marine park protected from companies wanting to drill for oil and gas.

"The Parliament has to step in and make sure that this this national treasure is protected for generations to come," Senator Hanson-Young said.

"BP will put this spectacular marine park at risk and, if they're given approval, there are several other companies lining up behind them.

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Record whale numbers show why we must ‘Fight for the Bight’

Astounding results from a Curtin University study, showing 172 southern right whales using the Great Australian Bight calving sanctuary in just one July day, show why the area must be protected from BP's plans to drill for oil there.

"This essential ecosystem must be protected," Senator Hanson-Young said.

"The extremely vulnerable southern right whale population is only just starting to rebound and for BP to be given clearance to drill for oil in the Bight would be an absolute disaster.

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Greens to invest in Antarctic Science. It's time to remove the world’s blindfold as we face climate change

Greens spokesperson for Antarctica, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, has today released the most comprehensive Antarctic science funding package ever put forward by a political party.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “The work of Australia’s Antarctic scientists is pivotal in understand the risk of climate change. Nothing shows this more than the recent discovery that the East Antarctic ice-sheet giant isn’t as stable as we thought and is now starting to collapse. This alone could potentially add several metres to catastrophic sea-level rise.

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Reinstating marine parks and investing in shark research cornerstone of Marine package: Greens

Addressing coral bleaching, investment in shark research, and reinstating our comprehensive marine parks system have been announced as part of the Australian Greens marine package today.

Australian Greens spokesperson on marine issues, Senator Rachel Siewert said:

“As a nation Australia is incredibly proud of our unique marine ecosystems, yet they are at risk from climate change, overfishing, oil and gas production and other challenges.

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BP must abandon its plans to drill in the Great Australian Bight: Greens

Greens Senator for South Australia Robert Simms is calling on BP to abandon its plans to drill in the Great Australian Bight after its secret environmental plan was knocked back by NOPSEMA a second time.

"It's clear BP aren't respecting of the precious Great Australian Bight environment as once again NOPSEMA determine that BP's shoddy environmental plan requires modifications," Senator Simms said.

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