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Greens back blockade BP petrol station, support Australian coastal shipping

Media Release
Lee Rhiannon 5 May 2015

Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon today joined a 100 strong women only blockade of a Botany BP petrol station in eastern Sydney.

The protest, organised by Women in Male Dominated Occupation Industries, targeted BP's decision to replace Australian coastal trade tanker British Loyalty with cheaper overseas shipping. British Loyalty is one of only three remaining tankers on our coastline crewed by Australian workers.

"BP is moving to replace a safe, regulated and Australian crewed vessel with a ‘flag of convenience' - a ship crewed by workers from outside Australia who are vulnerable to low wages and exploitation," Senator Rhiannon said.

"By cost cutting in this way, BP will not only open up Australian waters to ships which may damage our coastlines, they are also threatening Australia's fuel security, and showing extreme disloyalty to Australian workers.

"The Greens join WIMDOI and the MUA in asking BP why, given that they reported in October last year a quarterly profit of $3 billion, they plan to cut financial corners, threatening our jobs, our supply chains and our environment," Senator Rhiannon said.

Contact: Brami Jegan
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