The Australian Greens condemn George Christensen’s statement labelling people who care about the Great Barrier Reef as terrorists.
“Mr Christensen is referring to people who oppose the industrialisation of the Great Barrier Reef as terrorists and in the current climate that is utterly unacceptable, wrong and incredibly dangerous and irresponsible,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.
“To speak of ordinary Australians who care about the Reef using terms like ‘terrorists,’ ‘butchered’, ‘kill off’ and ‘extremist’, risks elevating community disagreement to dangerous levels.
“For years, Mr Christensen has vilified people who care about the Reef across Australia and his own constituents, including tourism operators, over their opposition to dumping dredge spoil in the Reef, before briefly admitting he was wrong.
“Now that he has started labelling environmentalists as terrorists, which is reprehensible and insensitive particularly at this stage of global events, I will be moving a Senate motion to condemn Mr Christensen’s comments.
“Eighty per cent of Australians are concerned about dredge spoil dumping in our Great Barrier Reef, which is occurring to expand coal exports.
“It’s short-sighted and damaging for Premier Newman to be relying on the dying coal industry for future job creation in our state, especially as it threatens jobs in tourism, fishing and agriculture.
“We have the potential to become a leader in renewable technology, generating new local and sustainable jobs, but the Abbott and Newman governments are holding us back,” Senator Waters said.