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Perth Freight Link environmental breaches snap inquiry

The snap senate inquiry into the continuation of construction of the Perth Freight Link in the face of significant environmental breaches will hold a public hearing tomorrow.

Australian Greens Co-Deputy Leader and Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam will hold a press conference during the lunch break at 12:45pm.

Senator Ludlam will also be available for comment at the conclusion of the hearings.

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Senate orders snap inquiry into Roe 8 breaches

The Senate will conduct a snap inquiry into the repeated, unforgivable breaches of environmental conditions at the Beeliar wetlands, after a Greens motion today was supported by the Senate.

"We've seen evidence of dozens of breaches of environmental conditions for the project, which may mean that the project is proceeding illegally. The destruction at the Beeliar wetlands should cease," Australian Greens Co-Deputy Leader and Senator for WA Ludlam said.

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Letter to Frydenberg - breaches of conditions at Beeliar

Senator Ludlam wrote to Environment Minister Frydenberg to urgently report and seek a meeting regarding compelling evidence of non-
compliance with EPBC approval conditions, specifically with the Fauna Management Plan (FMP) and the Construction Environmental Management Plan (CEMP) occurring almost daily since construction commenced.

All breaches outlined in the letter have been reported to the WA Office of the Environmental Protection Authority (OEPA), with no written response to date.

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“Ask Someone Else” Minister defies his own Act

Rather than present evidence that crucial surveys of endangered species in the path of the Roe Highway project have been conducted, Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg has said go ask someone else.

As a result, the Senate unanimously passed Greens’ Senator Scott Ludlam’s Order for Production of Documents to compel the Minister to provide evidence of completed environmental surveys by 5pm today.

“We’ve been asking for proof these surveys were even done for more than a month.

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Correspondence relating to the Perth Freight Link

Senator Ludlam To move

That there be laid on the table no later than 10 am on Thursday 15th September 2016 by the Minister for Finance, the following documents:

a)   any correspondence including appointments between successful tenderer and major donor Leighton Holdings (CIMIC Group Ltd) with any federal minister relating to the Perth Freight Link;

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Perth Freight Link contract cancellation costs to be revealed

The Turnbull Government has been ordered to reveal the financial penalties the Barnett Government has exposed WA taxpayers to, should the contracts into the Perth Freight link be terminated.

A successful Senate motion by Greens Senator for WA, Scott Ludlam also ordered any correspondence relating to penalties or compensation that will be offered to contractors, should the contracts for the Perth Freight Link be terminated upon a change of government at the State election next year.

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