Protect The Great Australian Bight

The Great Australian Bight is a marine environment of almost unparalleled ecological significance off the southern coast of Australia.

Companies are seeking permission to drill for oil in the Bight, with the Norwegian company Equinor leading the charge.

The Bight is an area of major cultural importance to the Mirning people, the traditional custodians of the land, a globally significant nursery for the endangered southern right whale and it acts as a sanctuary for critically endangered southern bluefin tuna, Australian sea lions, great white sharks, albatross, turtles, and seahorses.

Australia Institute research has shown that:

  • More than 9,000 fisheries and tourism jobs would be at risk in South Australia alone from a catastrophic oil spill in the Bight, which could reach coastlines all the way from WA to NSW[1].
  • An oil spill has the potential to wipe out Tasmania's wild catch fisheries - an industry worth around $200 million[2]. That is before we think about the impact to Tasmania's tourism industry, which relies heavily on its clean and green image.

If drilling is allowed to go ahead, billions of barrels of oil are expected to be burnt, turbocharging global warming at the exact time we should be drastically reducing carbon pollution.

Australia Institute research has also shown that 60% of Australians and 68% of South Australians are opposed to drilling in the Bight[3].

[1] http://www.tai.org.au/sites/default/files/P223%20-%20Drilling%20the%20Great%20Australia%20Bight%20FINAL.pdf

[2] http://www.agriculture.gov.au/abares/research-topics/aboutmyregion/tas#fisheries-sector

[3] http://www.tai.org.au/content/national-poll-australians-opposed-drilling-great-australian-bight

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We, the undersigned--

Call upon the Australian Parliament to protect the Great Australian Bight from exploitative oil drilling that will put at risk thousands of jobs, as well as huge swathes of the Australian coastal and marine environment.

We call upon the Australian Parliament to legislate to protect the Great Australian Bight from oil drilling and to officially begin the process of declaring the area a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Great Australian Bight is an environmental treasure of national and international significance. Allowing companies to drill for oil in the Bight would accelerate global warming by further increasing Australia’s carbon emissions, put tourism, aquaculture and fisheries jobs at risk and endanger an essential marine ecosystem that acts as one of the most important whale sanctuaries in the world.

It is time to protect the Bight and the regional economies that rely on a healthy ocean to survive.

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  • Gabi Curwood
    signed 2019-07-29 17:38:08 +1000
  • Maureen Campbell
    signed 2019-07-29 17:31:36 +1000
  • Anna Lycett
    signed 2019-07-29 17:29:55 +1000
    Please protect our oceans and wildlife from further destruction
  • Charmian Beabout
    signed 2019-07-29 17:29:54 +1000
  • John Bowman
    signed 2019-07-29 17:22:08 +1000
  • Russ Hermann
    signed 2019-07-29 17:08:21 +1000
  • Shaun Madden
    signed 2019-07-29 16:04:42 +1000
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  • Karen Joynes
    signed 2019-07-29 16:02:22 +1000
  • Luke Kelly
    signed 2019-07-29 15:50:25 +1000
  • Pam Krstic
    signed 2019-07-29 15:41:35 +1000
    Just NO!
  • Caleb Pearce
    signed 2019-07-29 15:39:18 +1000
  • leslie wand
    signed 2019-07-29 15:37:30 +1000
  • Rebecca Stark
    signed 2019-07-29 15:30:32 +1000
  • Gary Stephenson
    signed 2019-07-29 15:29:23 +1000
  • Henry Kot
    signed 2019-07-29 15:21:01 +1000
    Henry Kot Why do we even give any consideration to having an oil company drilling in the Bight? They make all the profit, despite any oil pollution that they do not care about. If this is such a good project then why isn’t the Oz government doing it themselves, or at least promote Oz companies to do this? Why isn’t there more investment in sustainable energies and support from the Oz government?
  • Jessica Gough
    signed 2019-07-29 15:13:34 +1000
  • Nicole McKimmie
    signed 2019-07-29 14:52:25 +1000
  • Joseph Trendle
    signed 2019-07-29 14:50:54 +1000
  • Kerry Andrewartha
    signed 2019-07-29 14:49:18 +1000
  • Zachary Tomasini
    signed 2019-07-29 14:45:04 +1000
  • Cynthia Johns
    signed 2019-07-29 14:32:38 +1000
  • Angus Hodge
    signed 2019-07-29 14:31:47 +1000
  • kylie mcclelland
    signed 2019-07-29 14:29:50 +1000
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  • sieglinde hopkins
    signed 2019-07-29 14:27:28 +1000
  • Warwick Keen
    signed 2019-07-29 14:24:02 +1000
    It would be a criminal act to allow oil exploration in the Great Australian Bight.
  • Jordan Gilmour
    signed 2019-07-29 14:21:26 +1000
  • Hilary Wheaton
    signed 2019-07-29 14:13:29 +1000
  • John Chadderton
    signed 2019-07-29 14:10:02 +1000
    We only have one planet, one home for humanity. We better look after it better than we do now.
  • Mairi (Mairi)
    signed 2019-07-29 14:08:39 +1000
  • Marina Gomez
    signed 2019-07-29 14:06:36 +1000