Federal Environment Minister Tony Burke must intervene immediately to protect Aboriginal heritage at James Price Point and beyond in the wake of the Western Australian government's decision to allow the Woodside Petroleum Gas Hub to disturb Aboriginal heritage sites, the Australian Greens said today.
Greens leader Senator Christine Milne said "I'm shocked that the West Australian government is allowing such destructive acts to happen, particularly when there are two court cases pending.
"Tony Burke has to step in immediately to protect this priceless heritage."
Greens Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam said the decision defied multiple precedents.
"On four occasions similar applications have been made in this area, most recently in 2008, and they've been knocked back every time because of the immense cultural value at risk. Now, under intense political pressure from the Premier and the Department of State Development, the Aboriginal Cultural Material Committee and the Minister for Indigenous Affairs have caved in and sold out an important part of this state's heritage.
"With this dire decision the Barnett-Grylls Government has abdicated its moral authority. The Federal Government must intervene to protect these sites."