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Greens present ‘Stop the Cull’ letters to the Senate

The Australian Greens have presented the Senate with a book of 649 messages opposing WA's shark cull, and will deliver copies to Environment Minister Greg Hunt and WA Premier Colin Barnett.

"Since the shark cull was announced, I've had thousands of calls, emails and letters from people around WA, the country and the world who are horrified by Colin Barnett's actions," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens marine spokesperson said today.

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Federal Government must look beyond Premier’s shark cull review

The Australian Greens have called on the Federal Government to look beyond the WA Premier's review of the state's shark cull as they deliberate on the application to extend the policy.

"Today we've seen the WA Department of Premier and Cabinet table a fundamentally bias review of their shark cull that does nothing to further this debate or aide the Federal Environment Minister's decision as to whether or not to approve a three year extension," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens marine spokesperson said today.

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Greens mark World Oceans Day

The Australian Greens are today recognising World Oceans Day by joining a rally at Hillarys Marina maintaining pressure on the WA and Federal Governments over Colin Barnett's shark cull.

"World Ocean Day reminds us of the value of our oceans and marine life and the need to protect them from pollution, overfishing and climate change," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens marine spokesperson said today.

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Senate condemns WA shark deaths

The Senate has condemned the unnecessary deaths of shark as a result of WA's cull, following the release of final kill statistics last week.

"The Senate has supported my motion condemning the deaths of the 68 sharks killed off WA's coast during the three month cull," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens marine spokesperson said today.

"There is deep seated opposition to this cull, but the WA Government is pushing ahead with an unjustified proposal to extend it for three more years.

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Drum lines removed, but sharks still not safe

Australian Greens said they were pleased that today is the last day of the cruel and indiscriminate use of the drum lines along the Western Australian coast.

"The removal of the drum lines from WA's coast will mean that Australia's unique and vulnerable marine life will have a reprieve from the senseless slaughter that Premier Barnett's shark cull had caused" said Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens marine spokesperson.

"This cull is deeply unpopular in WA, people know it is damaging to our marine life and want to see it ended.

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Greens witness distressing shark cull off Perth's beaches

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert has described the distressing scenes of sharks being caught and one being killed after spending this morning with Sea Shepherd observing Colin Barnett's brutal shark cull policy in action.

"During our time on the water, it was disappointing and distressing to see a large shark caught, shot, hauled onto the Department of Fisheries boat taken out to sea and dumped. We also saw two smaller sharks caught on drum lines," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens marine spokesperson said today.

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Greens announce Bill to end WA’s shark cull

The Australian Greens have today announced they will introduce a private members bill in the Senate to end WA's shark cull.

"Our Bill ends the exemption to the EPBC Act that has allowed Colin Barnett's cruel cull to go ahead. It will also prevent the Federal Environment Minister from granting any future exemptions to the Act for the purposes of using drum lines to catch sharks," Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne said today.

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Senate backs Greens’ motion on WA shark cull as Abbott & Barnett sing with one voice

The Senate has backed an Australian Greens motion calling on the Federal Government to terminate the exemption from the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act granted to Premier Colin Barnett's drum line policy following the deaths of members of a protected species.

"The Senate today supported my motion calling for a termination of the exemption, recognising that at least two mako sharks have died on WA's drum lines since the cull began," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens marine spokesperson said today.

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Environment Minister must intervene in WA’s shark cull as pressure mounts on Premier Barnett

The Australian Greens have called on the Environment Minister Greg Hunt to intervene in the WA shark cull and invoke his commitment that any breach of conditions will result in the EPBC exemption being terminated.

"Mr Hunt has said in a letter to me that he would terminate the exemption granted to WA if there were breaches. He should do that now," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens marine spokesperson said today.

"The cull is having a significant and unintended impact on small and protected sharks, in breach of the conditions set out by the exemption.

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