Thursday, 6 February 2020
That the Senate notes—
(a) that Norwegian oil giant, Equinor, has received its second of four rounds of approvals from the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority, the government regulator responsible for oversight into exploratory petroleum drilling in the Great Australian Bight;
(b) the deep community opposition to 'big oil' drilling in one of our most pristine ocean environments and sites of natural heritage in the world; and
(c) that tens of thousands of Australians continue to fight for the Bight, in forums both formal and informal, as communities across the country unite to reject Equinor's disastrous plan.
Labor supports rigorous safety and environmental assessments that consider whether impacts and risks are acceptable on the basis of independent scientific expertise. Labor also believes that science and consultation, including from the community, should be at the heart of NOPSEMA's decision-making processes. This motion by the Greens is another attempt to undermine the trust and work of the independent regulator and its assessment processes, and therefore Labour will not be supporting the motion.