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JPP arrests a 'sad reflection' on WA - Greens


The Australian Greens said today the arrest and forcible removal of protesters from James Price Point is an indictment on the process being undertaken to develop a LNG hub in the area.

WA Senators Rachel Siewert and Scott Ludlam have today called for the Environment Minister to put a stop to any land clearing at James Price Point until heritage and environmental assessments have been completed.

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Greens back Browse Basin protest

Western Australian Senator Scott Ludlam has urged locals to continue their work to protect the West Kimberley from Woodside's bulldozers for the proposed Browse Basin gas project.

In the Senate last week Senator Ludlam acknowledged the residents' blockade of Minari Road, but said it was "extraordinary" that people had been forced to take action because the company intended to begin damaging activities on site, before Government approvals had been granted.

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Protecting the Kimberley

Scott Ludlam 22 Jun 2011

Senator LUDLAM (Western Australia) (13:14): I rise to speak on what is happening at the moment up in the West Kimberley in my home state of WA. There are scenes being played out that are reminiscent of Noonkanbah in the West Kimberley-for people with long-enough memories-where Aboriginal people and their supporters blocked access to country by bulldozers that were protected by the Police and even Army units sent up by the then Premier Charles Court to allow an American drilling company access to a sacred site, which they duly violated.

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Kimberley heritage assessment must be completed - Greens

The Australian Greens say Environment Minister Tony Burke must make a final decision about the National Heritage listing of the West Kimberley before beginning any environmental assessments of the proposed James Price Point gas hub.

Minister Burke today announced that his decision about the National Heritage listing of the West Kimberley would be pushed back to 30 August 2011.

“This is not the first time that this decision has been postponed,” Australian Greens marine spokesperson Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

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Scott Ludlam 30 May 2011


Environment and Communications Committee Wednesday 25 May 2011


Senator LUDLAM: Most of my questions are on heritage and the heritage budget, although I would like to start by acknowledging the wonderful work done by Environment Victoria and Friends of the Earth, in part based on Commonwealth grants. They get a lot done with a very small budget. I want to draw the officer's attention to the heritage budget in particular and whether you can confirm that the division has indeed been cut in terms of total funding by about 31 per cent across the forward estimates.

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