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Senate Estimates: Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Redundancies

9:05pm Senator WATERS: How many voluntary redundancies have been implemented?

Dr Reichelt : We are in the middle of the program. We have made offers to 17 people, but they have not concluded, and those people are entitled to some time to consider them.

Senator WATERS: How many have already been made voluntarily redundant?

Dr Reichelt : Three of the 17.

Senator WATERS: And were there some in addition to the 17? You said there was a number of 25 before. Does that mean that eight have already gone?

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Greens motion on the Water Contamination Risks of CSG and Shale Gas Mining

That the Senate-
(a) notes:
(i) recent revelations of threats to water from the unconventional gas industry, including water contamination with uranium at 20 times the safe level, at coal seam gas company Santos' Pilliga operations,

(ii) recent reports of contamination of groundwater by asbestos contained in drilling fluids at Origin's coal seam gas operations in Queensland, and

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Call to give farmers the legal right to refuse fracking

We give notice that on the next day of sitting we shall move that -

The Senate notes:

1.    The concern of communities in South Australia and Western Australia about their land and water being threatened by shale and other unconventional gas mining.

2.    That landholders lack the legal right to refuse shale and other unconventional gas mining on their land.

3.    The scientific uncertainty surrounding the environmental and health implications of hydraulic fracturing ('fracking') for shale and other unconventional gas mining.

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