Today, The Greens introduced the Great Australian Bight Environment Protection Bill. This Bill would stop drilling in the Great Australian Bight and move for World Heritage Listing.
It is high time the Great Australian Bight was protected from drilling, and It is the role of the Parliament to listen to the will of the people, and the people have made their view crystal clear.
Read the details of The Great Australian Bight Protection Bill.
Polls consistently show a vast majority of South Australians oppose drilling in the Bight, with thousands turning out to protest at paddle outs across the state and around the country.
The government cannot be let off the hook on drilling in the Bight. The power to stop Big Oil is in the hands of politicians in Canberra.
It is time we in the Parliament protect the Bight, the endangered species that call it home and the vibrant fishing and tourism industries that employ thousands of South Australians.
This Bill will not only ban drilling in the Bight, it will set it on the path to World Heritage listing.
The Bight is iconically Australian, it provides critical habitat for many threatened species, and it is part of our national identity. It deserves to be protected.
PS - Check out this article which outlines '8 Reasons Why Drilling for oil in the Great Australian Bight is a Garbage Idea'.