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Turnbull govt will condemn the Reef with billion dollar loan to Adani

The Turnbull government has reportedly given "conditional approval" for a $1 billion loan of public money to build the railway for the Reef-destroying Adani Carmichael mega coal mine, say the Australian Greens.

“This is in the same year that coal-driven global warming caused the worst ever mass coral bleaching, killing 22% of the Great Barrier Reef, said Australian Greens Deputy Leader and Senator for Queensland, Larissa Waters.

“With this decision the government is condemning the Reef to worse bleaching and jeopardising the 70,000 jobs it provides.

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Governments risking In Danger listing of Reef with shoddy UNESCO Reef homework

The Australian Greens say the Australian and Queensland government’s inaction and capitulation to big coal will tempt UNESCO to put the Great Barrier Reef  on the World Heritage In Danger list.

“The Government is risking a fail on their Reef homework to UNESCO by underfunding their ReefPlan, delaying water quality targets, spruiking new coal and ignoring global warming after the worst coral bleaching the Reef has ever seen,” said Australian Greens Deputy Leader and Senator for Queensland, Larissa Waters.

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A plan to save the Reef that ignores global warming is meaningless

The Australian Greens say any plan to save the Great Barrier Reef that ignores global warming is meaningless

“The government’s draft response plan to the “worst ever” bleaching event on the Reef on record reportedly says global warming was the cause but doesn’t include any action or new funding to address it,” said Australian Greens Deputy Leader and Senator for Queensland, Larissa Waters.

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Face the facts and take action to save the Reef say Greens

The Australian Greens call on all political parties to face the scientific facts and take drastic action to save the Great Barrier Reef.

“A scientific study released today confirms that two thirds of corals are dead in the north of the Reef, said Australian Greens Deputy Leader and Senator for Queensland, Larissa Waters.

“Reef scientists are unanimous in saying the biggest threat to the Reef is global warming which caused the devastating coral bleaching and in their calls for drastic action.

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Adani mine should get in the bin not on the fast track

The Australian Greens says the State and federal government are failing Queenslanders by supporting Adani after a report from Environmental Defenders Office Qld exposed the effect of the Queensland “critical infrastructure” declaration.

Australian Greens Deputy Leader and Senator for Queensland, Senator Larissa Waters said:

“The Adani mine belongs in the bin, not the fast track.

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Reef progress still Miles away: water quality Report Card

The Great Barrier Reef report card released today shows virtually no improvement on water quality over the past year, as water quality initiatives continue to be drastically under-funded, say the Australian Greens.

“Today’s report card is a fail on Reef water quality, after this year’s earlier fail on climate with 22% of corals dead from the Reef’s worst ever coral bleaching,” said Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and environment spokesperson.

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Adani mine belongs in the bin, not the fast track

The Australian Greens say the Queensland Government’s decision to designate the Adani coal mine, railway and water infrastructure as ‘critical infrastructure’ is reckless and shows just how short sighted the Palaszczuk government is.

“Adani’s mega-mine and the dredging at Abbot Point coal port will be a climate disaster and Reef destroyer if they go ahead.” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and environment spokesperson, said.

“Queenslanders will be outraged that a Labor government elected to ‘save the Reef’ is signing its death warrant. 

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Coalition and Labor’s Reef report card FAIL

The Australian and Queensland government’s Reef 2050 plan annual report is a total fail because it ignores the dangerous threat posed by global warming driven by mining and burning of coal and gas. 

Australian Greens Deputy Leader and environment spokesperson Senator Larissa Waters said:

“The Reef Plan report card deserves a total fail for ignoring the impacts of global warming, under-funding water quality measures, and trying to gloss over the failure to reinstate strong land clearing laws.

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