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Seismic testing delay should turn into permanent stop: Greens

"The delay of the vessel due to conduct seismic testing off the coast of Newcastle provides a prime opportunity for re-evaluation of this ridiculous plan and for the Federal Government to revoke Asset Energy’s exploration licence," NSW Greens MP Justin Field said."While a new start date has not been provided, the upcoming school holidays and the start of whale season in May mean options for Asset Energy are diminishing quickly.

Greens call on Woolworths to exit pokies business

The Greens are calling on Woolworths to phase out pokies in its venues following media reports that staff at Woolworths-owned hotels have been spying on gamblers in order to boost profits One of the major allegations made by Federal Independent MP Andrew Wilkie following interviews with whistleblowers is that Woolworths hotels keep databases of customers who gamble, including their habits and behaviours. Federal and state gambling authorities are now investigating the allegations. NSW Greens MLC and Gambling Harm Spokesperson is calling on Woolworths not to wait for the watchdog ruling but do the right thing and exit pokies now.

NEW THREAT EMERGES TO BATEMANS MARINE PARK, WARN GREENS

NSW Greens MP Justin Field will visit Moruya on the South Coast today to meet locals concerned about the future of the Batemans Marine Park under the NSW Government’s new proposed management plan. The South Coast community loves its coastal lifestyle, from swimming and snorkelling to fishing and observing marine life such as dolphins, seals and grey nurse sharks. The natural wonders of the Batemans Marine Park are a local favourite and significant tourist attraction.

In the age of climate disruption, NSW Government underspends on climate action by $252.9 million

While NSW experiences climate disruption and the third consecutive year of record or near-record global temperatures, the NSW Government has underspent on climate change funding for a third year in a row.

NSW Govt joins community in opposition to gasfield off the coast from Sydney to Newcastle

A question on notice from NSW Greens MP Justin Field in State Parliament yesterday led Resources and Energy Minister Don Harwin to reveal the NSW Government is opposed to seismic testing recently approved for waters off the coast from Sydney to Newcastle. The Minister also expressed a lack of confidence in Australia’s current offshore mining regulations.

NEWCASTLE COASTAL WATERS ARE NO PLACE FOR A GAS FIELD: GREENS

The Greens have used the first sitting day for the NSW Legislative Council to call on the NSW Government to oppose oil and gas development off the state’s coast. The Federal regulator recently gave the green light for Asset Energy to begin seismic exploration for oil and gas off Newcastle and the Central Coast. Seismic testing creates sonic underwater blasts that have been shown to impact on whales, other marine life and their habitat.

Seismic testing approval in potential clash with whale migration

Documents released yesterday regarding the seismic testing approved by the Federal regulator off the Newcastle Coastline show it risks clashing with the start of this year's whale migration, according to Greens NSW MP and Marine spokesperson Justin Field. The details were release overnight with the publication of the Environment Plan Summary and Statement of Reasons , coming a fortnight after the announcement of the approval.

NSW LIBERAL AND LABOR PARTIES MUST COME CLEAN ON DONATIONS FROM ALL POKIES-RELATED INTERESTS: GREENS

The NSW Greens are calling on the NSW Liberal and Labor parties to come clean on all political donations they receive from pokies-related interests following shocking allegations in Fairfax newspapers today.The story alleges hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations from the pokie industry are kept secret from public scrutiny.  

Sound the alarm: new research warns of urgent need to monitor impact of seismic testing off Newcastle on fish, shellfish and crustaceans

The NSW Greens are calling on the Department of Primary Industries to partner with commercial fishers to conduct robust studies into the impacts of recently approved seismic testing off the coast of Newcastle on local fish, shellfish and crustaceans. The National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority approved Asset Energy’s environmental plan for seismic testing for oil and gas in the waters off Newcastle in mid-December.

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