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Senate Motion: A win for Great Barrier Reef transparency

Larissa Waters 11 Feb 2014

The Senate notes:

1.    The World Heritage Committee has expressed extreme concern about industrialisation of the Great Barrier Reef coastline, as have Queensland fishers and tourism operators, and the broader Australian community

2.    The federal and Queensland Governments are currently undertaking two strategic assessments which will decide how the Great Barrier Reef's coast will be protected into the future

3.    There has been a public submission process on the draft strategic assessments, however submissions have not been made public, denying the public the ability to scrutinise submissions made by experts and industry.

The Senate calls on the Federal Government to promptly publish all submissions received on the two Great Barrier Reef draft strategic assessments.

This motion passed the Senate.

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