The Australian Greens are alarmed by a report today that a former coal baron was allowed to dredge in the Great Barrier Reef after donating $150 000 to the Queensland LNP a week before.
“It’s clear the big end of town is running the Newman Government at the expense of everyday Queenslanders and the Great Barrier Reef,” Queensland Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.
As reported in The Financial Review today, the Queensland environment department approved an amendment to the permit to dredge at Abell Point a week after the owner of the Abell Point marina, Paul Darrouzet, donated $150,000 to the Queensland Liberal National Party.
“Big business’ every wish is Campbell Newman’s command, especially when it comes to dredging, dumping and shipping in the Great Barrier Reef.
“The Newman Government needs to stop putting political donations above the environment and transparent decision making.
“Queenslanders won’t stand for big business running the show, as shown by the Premier’s mounting unpopularity.
“The Newman Government should immediately reverse its increase to the threshold for disclosing political donations,” Senator Waters said.