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Prohibiting offshore dumping of dredge spoil within the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area: Senate Motion June 2013

The Senate notes:

1. The Government estimates that the Reef Rescue program has stopped the equivalent of over one million wheelbarrows worth of sediment run-off entering the Great Barrier Reef.

2. At least 193 times that amount of sediment has been approved by this Government for offshore dumping in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area.

3. Scientific understanding is that added sediment in the marine environment has destructive impacts on seagrasses and corals.

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National Protection For Precious Places and Wildlife: Senate Motion June 2013

The Senate

(a) notes that Australia's national environment laws only regulate this country's most environmentally destructive projects which threaten our most precious species and wild places.

(b) calls on the Government to amend our national environment laws before this parliament rises to ensure these responsibilities cannot be handed to state or territory governments.

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Great Barrier Reef motion June 2013

Larissa Waters 17 Jun 2013

Senator Waters:

To move - that the Senate -

(a) notes:

(i) the World Heritage Committee's draft decision on the Great Barrier Reef states that to avoid the reef being added to the World Heritage in Danger list, Australia must turn around the ‘limited progress' to date, and take ‘urgent and decisive' action on its earlier recommendations to prevent new ports in pristine areas, and reject damaging port expansions,

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National Parks Motion

That the Senate calls on the Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities (Mr Burke) to act on his promise of August 2011 to protect national parks under federal environment laws by listing them as matters of national environmental significance to protect them from the threats of logging, grazing, mining or large scale land clearing.

The motion was agreed to by the Senate.

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Senator Waters: Coal Seam Gas motion (28 February 2013)

1. The Senate notes that:

a) Coal seam gas is a high risk industry that poses unacceptable risks to our rivers and groundwater, agricultural lands and natural environment, and our communities; and

b) Since becoming Australia's environment minister, Minister Burke has not rejected a single coal seam gas project, rather multiple enormous coal seam gas field developments across Queensland, and most recently in Gloucester in New South Wales despite significant community concerns about the health and environmental impacts of this new industry.

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