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Kangaroo Island motion

I move that the Senate:

1) notes Bight Petroleum's referral of a proposed action under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (Reference Number: 2012/9583) dated 15 October 2012 which sets out the company's intention to undertake seismic testing over a 3000 sq km area to the west of Kangaroo Island between January and May 2013;

2) recognises the ecological, economic and social importance of the Kangaroo Island Canyons & Pool, first and foremost for the Kangaroo Island community, but also for South Australia as a whole; and

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Senator Whish-Wilson's Assessment of the Tarkine National Coalition's Meeting with Paul Howes of the Australian Workers' Union

As you may be aware, I recently organised a meeting between Scott Jordan from the Tarkine National Coalition (TNC), and Paul Howes, National Secretary of the Australian Workers’ Union (AWU).

Scott, along with other members of the TNC, has been working tirelessly for years to implement a plan to protect this fragile area on Tasmania’s west coast.

The TNC has also tried – unsuccessfully – to meet with many supporters of the proposed new mines for the Tarkine region, in order to discuss their differences.

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Questions Without Notice // National Heritage Listing of the Tarkine

Check out Peter’s Questions Without Notice to Senator Stephen Conroy representing the Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, Tony Burke, on the Tarkine. Senator Conroy’s responses show the Government aren’t concerned the region is subject to 58 exploration licences, three granted mining leases, two planned mining leases and an unknown number of the remaining 58 licences being progressed toward the granting of mining leases, covering 80% of the Tarkine.

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Greens Back Reviving Old Mines, Not Opposed to Existing Mines


Mathew Dunckley

Greens senator Peter Whish-Wilson said the party strongly opposed new open-cut mines in the area, which is under

consideration for World Heritage listing, but would accept plans to revive some moth-balled mines.

“The whole line that is being pushed against us in Tasmania is that we want to shut down the mining industry, which is

absolute rubbish,” he said.

“Mining is the biggest contributor to gross state product; no one is talking about shutting it down.”

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