Labor has today failed to knock back the Abbot Point coal port expansion proposal to dump millions of cubic metres of dredge spoil on the Great Barrier Reef, say the Australian Greens.
“The Reef didn’t need another deferral from Labor today – this threat needed to be ruled out once and for all,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.
“The Reef must not be used as a dump ground for the big mining companies.
“No amount of extra information will change the fact that this plan would see three million cubic metres of dredge spoil dumped in a World Heritage Area.
“We don’t need to dredge and dump in the Great Barrier Reef to expand a coal port which will turn the Reef into a shipping super highway, at the end of the fossil fuel era – we have renewable alternatives.
“Whether the final decision is now left to a Rudd or Abbott government post-election sadly won’t make much difference, judging from the old parties’ track record – both have approved every coal and coal seam gas project to come before them under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Act.
“The old parties are trying to get the Reef off the election agenda but Australians love our Reef and will vote to protect it.
“Only the Greens can be trusted to stand up to the big mining companies to protect the Great Barrier Reef, with our policy of no new Reef dredging or dumping,” Senator Waters said.