The Australian Greens congratulate the Mackay Conservation Group for standing up for our Great Barrier Reef and climate by challenging the Abbott Government’s approval of Adani’s Carmichael coal mine in court.
“The Abbott and Newman governments have ticked off the Southern Hemisphere’s biggest coal mine in Queensland’s Galilee Basin to export through the Great Barrier Reef, without even considering the climate impacts,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.
“The Carmichael coal mine is set to export 60 million tonnes of coal every year, turning our Reef into a shipping super highway and dramatically increasing Australia’s contribution to climate change.
“Mackay Conservation Group is rightly pointing out that the climate impacts of this mega mine on the Great Barrier Reef should have been considered under federal environment law and are taking the Abbott Government to court.
“Climate change is the biggest threat facing our Reef and it should not be treated as a highway for climate-cooking fossil fuels, which will come back to bite the Reef through ocean acidification and coral bleaching.
“The Greens are proud that after campaigning for years with the community the Great Barrier Reef has become a state election issue.
“While the other parties have made some promises about restricting dumping, we’re the only party that opposes all dumping in the entire World Heritage Area and that doesn’t want to see the Reef become a highway for fossil fuel ship
“It’s sad that it’s left up to Queenslanders to go to court to save the Reef – our governments must start putting the Reef and its 69,000 jobs ahead of the profits of offshore coal multinationals,” Senator Waters said.