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Senate calls on Environment Minister to revoke Abbot Point approval

The Australian Greens’ motion calling the Abbott Government to revoke its approval of the Abbot Point coal port expansion, has passed the Senate today.

“The Senate and the community are sending a strong message to the Abbott Government that dumping millions of tonnes of sludge in the Great Barrier Reef is unacceptable,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.

“Minister Hunt has been telling us that the damage from the Abbot Point dumping can be offset but documents released under freedom of information this week show that’s simply not the case.  

“The documents show the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority found that it would be impossible to offset the damage because it was too great.

“Given these startling revelations, Minister Hunt must to revoke his approval of the Abbot Point coal port  in the Great Barrier Reef.

“This precious World Heritage Area is no place for the world’s biggest coal port.

“Our Great Barrier Reef should not be treated as a dump ground for dredge sludge, simply because it’s cheaper for the big mining companies than disposing on land,” Senator Waters said.

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