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NZ offshore oil ban a win for climate, a test for Malcolm

New Zealand’s ban on new offshore oil and gas exploration and drilling permits offers a path Australia must follow, South Australian Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said today.

“The New Zealand Government have shown the leadership that Malcolm Turnbull’s been too afraid to show.

“New Zealand’s action demonstrates the environmental impact of offshore oil and gas to both the oceans and the climate can no longer be ignored.

“The real question is why New Zealand’s marine environment is worthy of protection from Big Oil, but the Great Australian Bight is not.

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South Australian Greens welcome Sea Shepherd to SA

The South Australian Greens have welcomed the Sea Shepherd crew aboard the M/Y Steve Irwin back to Adelaide, and pledge to fight to protect the Great Australian Bight from oil and gas drilling. 

“This pristine wilderness must be protected from multinational fossil fuels companies that put profits ahead of communities and the environment,” Greens Senator for South Australia Sarah Hanson-Young said. 

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BP drilling decision delayed, should be rejected

The national regulating body NOPSEMA's decision to delay its decision relating to BP's application to drill for oil in the Great Australian Bight by 10 days is a welcome decision and should foreshadow a final, negative decision, the Australian Greens have said.

"What's needed now is a final rejection of BP's disastrous plan," South Australian Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

"This decision will have an impact on generations of Australians and should not be rushed.

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BP modelling shows a spill would devastate SA

Following the release of explosive oil spill modelling from mining giant BP, their plans to drill for oil in the Great Australian Bight should be rejected, the Australian Greens have said.

"Here we have it, straight from BP themselves," South Australian Greens Senator, Sarah Hanson-Young said.

"The environmental and economic impact of a spill on the marine life, fisheries and tourism industry of South Australia would be absolutely devastating.

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Great Australian Bight Environment Protection Bill 2016

I move: That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to protect the Great Australian Bight environment, and for related purposes. . I present the bill and move: That this bill may proceed without formalities and be now read a first time.

Question agreed to.

Bill read a first time.

Senator HANSON-YOUNG

I move:

That this bill be now read a second time.

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Oil Exploration

Senator HANSON-YOUNG

I rise today to speak about a very special and precious place in my home state of South Australia. Last week, I was lucky enough to spend two days on the west coast in my home state, from Ceduna to the beginning of the Nullarbor region—a very, very precious and special spot, indeed. I was on a fact-finding mission, talking to local environment groups, traditional owners and industry representatives about the very real threat of BP's plans to drill for oil in the Great Australian Bight.

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Greens to introduce Bill to protect the Great Australian Bight from BP

South Australian Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young will give notice today that she will introduce legislation to the Senate that would see the Great Australian Bight marine park protected from companies wanting to drill for oil and gas.

"The Parliament has to step in and make sure that this this national treasure is protected for generations to come," Senator Hanson-Young said.

"BP will put this spectacular marine park at risk and, if they're given approval, there are several other companies lining up behind them.

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