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Indonesian claims for Montara compensation no surprise: Greens.

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Rachel Siewert  Australian Greens  Media Release 

Indonesian claims for Montara compensation no surprise: Greens

Media Release | Spokesperson Rachel Siewert

Friday 23rd July 2010, 5:33pm

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert says the news today that the Indonesian

Government will seek compensation as a result of the Montara Oil spill comes as no

surprise, and puts even more pressure on the Australian government to take decisive action

in the wake of the disaster.

"We have been expecting a compensation claim by Indonesia over the Montara spill since

Indonesian fishing communities were affected by the spill spreading through the waters they

fish in," Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

"I have asked several times in the Senate what action the Australian Government intended

to take to protect the livelihood of Indonesian fishing communities and ensure that those

affected by the spill were not left out of pocket," Senator Siewert said.

"Yet again, the Government was unwilling or unable to stand up and take responsibility or

take a leadership role in this matter.

"When The Greens first raised concerns at NASA satellite imagery suggesting oil might be

moving into Indonesian waters, we were dismissed out of hand by the Australian

Government - but evidence to the Montara Commission of Inquiry appeared to back up

these concerns.

"It's now five weeks since the inquiry into the Montara spill was put in the hands of Minister

Martin Ferguson and we're yet to see any action or get any answers.

"Unfortunately I expect that it will take some time to resolve this issue which means that

these fishers on very low incomes will continue to bear the costs of the spill.

"I think the Australian Government needs to show leadership here and facilitate an early

resolution to this compensation claims between the Indonesians and the company. These

subsistence fishing communities have borne this cost for too long already," Senator Siewert