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Great Barrier Reef

Senator WATERS

I move:

That the Senate take note of the answer given by the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy (Senator Conroy) to a question without notice asked by Senator Waters today relating to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and dumped dredge spoil.

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Larissa Waters calls for a moratorium on new dredging approvals in the Great Barrier Reef

Larissa's motion:

That the Senate—

   (a)   notes that:

      (i)   a recent Galaxy poll found 88 per cent of Queenslanders oppose offshore dumping of dredge spoil in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area, and

      (ii)   the Government has approved offshore dumping of over 22 million cubic metres of dredge spoil in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area in the past 5 years; and

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Additional Estimates Feb 2012- Questions for SEWPaC on the Biodiversity Conservation Strategy & migratory species

Transcript from 13 Feb Additional Estimates session with SEWPaC

Senator WATERS: My question goes to the Biodiversity Conservation Strategy, so I am not sure who is the best person to answer that. One of the targets is that by 2015 we will have a national increase of 600,000 square kilometres of native habitat managed primarily for biodiversity conservation, which is wonderful. How is that progressing? How much of that target have we got to go and how much have we achieved to date?

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Additional Senate Estimates February 12-Larissa's questions to the GBR Marine Park Authority

Larissa Waters 15 Feb 2012

Transcript from 13 Feb where Larissa asks questions of the  Chairman and Chief Executive of GBRMPA about a strategic assessment of the Reef, dredging in Gladstone Harbour & increased shipping

Senator WATERS: Thank you, Chair. Thank you Dr Reichelt. I have a few questions here and I will try to get through as many as I can. I am assuming GBRMPA has been involved in drafting or at least assisting with drafting the terms of reference for that strat assessment?

Dr Reichelt: Yes.

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Value of Great Barrier Reef ecosystem services

Larissa Waters 14 Feb 2012

Senate Standing Committee on Environment and Communications Legislation Committee
Answers to questions on notice
Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities portfolio
Additional Budget Estimates, February 2012

Senator Waters asked:
1. Has the Department (or GBRMPA) undertaken or commissioned any assessment of the value of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area’s ecosystem services?

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