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Senate calls for a UN Commission of Inquiry into human rights abuses in Myanmar

Today, the Senate invited the Australian Government to consider calling for a UN Commission of Inquiry into human rights abuses in Myanmar.  The Senate motion was in response to the atrocities being committed against the Rohingya people in Rakhine State. 

The Senate also urged the Government to call on Myanmar to assert religious and ethnic equality of all people.

Australian Greens Co-Deputy Leader and Foreign Affairs spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam moved the motion. 

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Letter to Frydenberg - breaches of conditions at Beeliar

Senator Ludlam wrote to Environment Minister Frydenberg to urgently report and seek a meeting regarding compelling evidence of non-
compliance with EPBC approval conditions, specifically with the Fauna Management Plan (FMP) and the Construction Environmental Management Plan (CEMP) occurring almost daily since construction commenced.

All breaches outlined in the letter have been reported to the WA Office of the Environmental Protection Authority (OEPA), with no written response to date.

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“Ask Someone Else” Minister defies his own Act

Rather than present evidence that crucial surveys of endangered species in the path of the Roe Highway project have been conducted, Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg has said go ask someone else.

As a result, the Senate unanimously passed Greens’ Senator Scott Ludlam’s Order for Production of Documents to compel the Minister to provide evidence of completed environmental surveys by 5pm today.

“We’ve been asking for proof these surveys were even done for more than a month.

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