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Senator Waters' comments on revelations that the Abbott Government is paying for international journalists to visit the Great Barrier Reef in a misguided attempt to influence the World Heritage Committee's decision on an 'In Danger' listing.

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Larissa Waters 6 Mar 2015

Senator Waters' comments on revelations that the Abbott Government is paying for international journalists to visit the Great Barrier Reef in a misguided attempt to influence the World Heritage Committee's decision on an 'In Danger' listing.

The journalists are from countries that are members of the World Heritage Committee and the program for the visit includes interviews with government, business and industry.

"Sneaky lobbying tactics are not what the Reef needs," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.

"Instead of doing its homework, the Abbott Government is coming up with all sorts of excuses and ploys to get out of it.

"Attempting to buy positive media coverage in countries that are members of the World Heritage Committee is sneaky and misguided.

"The experts - the World Heritage Committee - have given the government a set of recommendations to save the Reef.

"If the Abbott Government wants to avoid a World Heritage 'In Danger' listing, it should focus its efforts on following the Committee's recommendations.

"Meeting the recommendations is not only the best way to prevent an 'In Danger' listing but it's also the best way to save our struggling Reef.

"The Abbott Government's deceitful, arrogant behaviour in approving the world's largest coal port in Reef and then trying to cover up the impact with spin, PR, and lobbying, is an international embarrassment," Senator Waters said.

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