Australian Government Abandons World Heritage Sites

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Australia’s World Heritage sites, such as the Great Barrier Reef, Kakadu and the Franklin River, will be abandoned by the Federal Government and left to the whim of the state governments, as revealed in Senate Question Time today.

“Senator Evans has confirmed today that, in a reversal from the Prime Minister’s statements in April, the protection of World Heritage sites will indeed be given to the pro-mining states, and the federal government will no longer have any right to intervene,” Australian Greens environment spokesperson, Senator Larissa Waters, said.

Senator Waters' Take Note Speech

“The Australian Government has taken another step towards the complete gutting of environment protection in this country.

“Only uranium mining will still require federal oversight – and as the Australian Government is intent on shipping uranium to India, it would seem that they’re keeping this power to ensure the uranium gets dug up, not to protect the environment from its toxic effects.

“The major environment wins of the past – like the Franklin River – are now up for grabs again. This is the Labor Government using John Howard’s laws to trash Bob Hawke’s legacy.”