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George Christensen’s statement labelling environmentalists as terrorists is reprehensible

 The Australian Greens condemn George Christensen’s statement labelling people who care about the Great Barrier Reef as terrorists.

“Mr Christensen is referring to people who oppose the industrialisation of the Great Barrier Reef as terrorists and in the current climate that is utterly unacceptable, wrong and incredibly dangerous and irresponsible,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.

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Abbott and Newman governments’ Reef Plan is plan for its demise from dredging, dumping and coal

The draft Reef 2050 Long-Term Sustainability Plan, released today, does nothing to stop the onslaught of dredging and dumping already applied for along the Reef’s coast and the mass export of coal through the Reef to exacerbate climate change, say the Australian Greens.

“The plan ignores the fact that exporting millions of tonnes of coal out through the Reef will exacerbate climate change, the biggest threat facing this iconic World Heritage Area,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.

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Greens welcome report showcasing importance of Reef-side wetlands threatened by Newman’s Abbot Point dumping plan

The Australian Greens welcome the Australian Marine Conservation Society report out today about the Caley Valley wetlands which the Newman Government’s proposal for disposal of the Abbot Point dredge sludge could threaten.

“The Newman Government may have realised that the cheapest and dirtiest option of dumping dredge spoil in the Great Barrier Reef is not acceptable to Queenslanders, scientists or internationally,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.

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Greens bill to ban dumping in Great Barrier Reef including at Abbot Point

The Australian Greens will introduce a Private Member’s Bill to the Senate today to ban offshore dumping in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area and backdate it so that it is illegal for the Abbot Point offshore dumping to proceed.

“The Senate Inquiry established by the Greens into the Great Barrier Reef yesterday tabled its report calling for a temporary moratorium on Reef dumping until an expert dredge panel completes a review,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.  

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Senate Inquiry calls for pause on dumping in Great Barrier Reef when total ban needed

The Senate Inquiry into the Great Barrier Reef, established by the Greens, has tabled its report, recommending a temporary moratorium on offshore dumping in the Reef while a cap or ban on dumping is considered.

“What the Great Barrier Reef really needs is a an immediate and permanent ban on all dumping in the Great Barrier Reef,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.

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Greens’ Senate motion to expose whether Minister Hunt’s ‘line in the sand’ on Reef dumping is worthless

The Australian Greens will put a motion to the Senate today to establish what the Environment  Minister meant when he said he would ‘draw a line in the sand’ on dumping in the Great Barrier Reef.

“Minister Hunt’s vague statement about drawing a line in the sand on Reef dumping is full of holes,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.

“The Minister refers to ‘future’ dumping without specifying whether this includes projects that have been applied for but not yet approved.

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PUP set to deliver Tony Abbott’s one-stop shop of environmental destruction

The Palmer United Party looks set to allow the Abbott Government to gut national environment protection.

“PUP Senators have an opportunity to  block Tony Abbott’s plan to give state governments the final say over whether environmentally destructive projects should go ahead,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.

“But PUP looks set to pass Tony Abbott’s plan to remove federal approval powers for environmentally destructive projects through the Senate.

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