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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 congratulate Victoria and push for a national fracking ban

With the ban on fracking announced in Victoria, the Australian Greens will move for a nation-wide ban on fracking to protect farmland and water and call on federal Labor to follow their state colleagues and back the move.

"The move by the Victorian Government to listen to the science, the community and the Greens and ban fracking is very welcome - and should be followed by Labor Governments and oppositions around the country," said Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and spokesperson on environment and mining.

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$300 million for RAAF base, but residents and workers need protection

Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon has commented on Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne’s announcement of a further $300 million of extended defence contracts at Williamtown RAAF base. 

Minister Pyne failed to provide any detail when he states that the Coalition government was ‘very concerned’ about the contamination issue and that government agencies were working with Defence to support the community. 

“It is almost one year since the community were first notified about the contamination, and the sense of frustration is immense. 

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PFOS at Campvale raises questions over RAAF base excavation

Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon has called for all excavation works on the Williamtown RAAF base to be suspended until a thorough investigation of onsite contamination is completed and publicly reported on.

"The Australian Greens once again call for the suspension of all excavation works on the Williamtown RAAF base until a thorough investigation into the on-site contamination is completed and the findings publicly reported.

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BHP Billiton Caroona coal plan defeated, now for jobs growth in clean industries

Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon has called on the federal and NSW governments to drive job expansion in renewables, clean manufacturing and other sectors to ensure a viable future for regional NSW in the wake of the community defeat of the Caroona coalmine on the Liverpool Plains. 

“Now that the Baird government has recognised that the food bowl of the black soil plains must be protected they should commit to providing jobs growth in sustainable industries and the service sector,” Senator Rhiannon said. 

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Greens to move for Senate Inquiry into mining companies dodging rehabilitation costs off back of leaked Qld Gov report showing state is $3 billion short in clean-up costs

Following a leaked report estimating the Queensland Government has failed to collect billions of dollars from coal mining companies for rehabilitation, the Greens will seek support for a federal Senate Inquiry into the issue.

Qld Senator Larissa Waters, Greens Deputy Leader, said:

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Greens launch report calling for improved protection for the Royal National Park and Coastal Upland Hanging Swamps

NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon will join Greens Cunningham candidate Cath Blakey and Hughes candidate Phil Smith to launch the ‘Protecting our precious environment' campaign.

The campaign calls for improved environmental protections for the Royal National Park and Coastal Upland Hanging Swamps.

The state-wide campaign and release of a 30 page comprehensive report on NSW's diverse natural environments and the dangers they face is supported by former Greens parliamentary leader Bob Brown.

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Simms in the Senate Update - June 2016

This edition of Simms in the Senate covers Senator Robert Simms' recent work on promoting green jobs for SA, protecting the Great Australian Bight, standing with the community against a nuclear waste dump in regional SA, phasing out live animal export, and the latest campaign news on marriage equality, Safe Schools, tertiary education, and more.

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