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Dredge up the truth on damage to the Reef

The Australian Greens are calling on QRC to cancel their blatant propaganda campaign as a report out today, commissioned by AMCS, shows dredging and dumping will cause significant damage to the Great Barrier Reef.

"This report is yet more evidence showing dredging and dumping for ports and shipping has a major impact on the Great Barrier Reef. QRC should cut their high-rotation television ads and spend that money usefully on fixing the problems they are creating and exacerbating in the Reef," Australian Greens spokesperson for the environment, Senator Larissa Waters, said. 

"This latest mining industry ad campaign is another attempt to distract from the increasing threat the coal and gas industry poses to the Reef, directly from dredging and dumping for new ports, and indirectly from increased temperatures, ocean acidification and extreme weather events from worsening climate change.

"The reef is under pressure like never before - and right at this sensitive period, the Newman and Abbott Governments are letting big mining companies treat this World Heritage Area as a dumping ground for dredge spoil and a shipping highway to export more climate-destroying coal.

"No PR campaign can absolve the coal lobby from responsibility for the effects of climate change on the Great Barrier Reef, nor from mounting pressures on the Reef from dredging and dumping as today's report notes: "currently proposed dredging activity is at a scale not previously known and it brings significant risks to the Reef's health, particularly for inshore waters."

"It's outrageous that the Queensland Government seems more concerned with partnering with the mining industry and funding PR campaigns about the Reef than committing to protect it.

"The Reef is at risk of being placed on the list of World Heritage Sites In Danger with coal-at-all-costs Abbott ignoring recommendations from the World Heritage Committee for namely, no new ports and no damaging port expansions." Senator Waters said.

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