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Greens welcome parliamentary consensus on Koongarra

Media Release
Scott Ludlam 29 Sep 2010

The Australian Greens today welcomed the cross-party consensus on permanently protecting the Koongarra region of Kakadu National Park from the threat of uranium mining, and urged the Government to immediately finalise the changes to the boundaries of Kakadu.

Environment Minister Peter Garrett made the commitment in Darwin last month, which was immediately matched by the Federal Coalition.

Australian Greens Leader Senator Brown today described the move as one of the first genuine acts of cross party collaboration of the new parliament, after raising the issue in the first Senate question time of the new Parliament.

"Incorporating the Koongarra mineral lease into Kakadu National Park and removing the possibility of future uranium mining is great news for all Australians concerned about safeguarding our natural and cultural heritage," Senator Brown said.

Greens spokesperson on nuclear issues Senator Scott Ludlam hailed it an important victory for the Koongarra Traditional Owners, the Djok people, and neighbouring clans.

"I can think of no better way to respect the ongoing commitment of these Traditional Owners than to have this refreshing and unusual consensus in the national parliament," Senator Ludlam said.

"It is essential that the Government get this arrangement in place as soon as possible."

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