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Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority’s advice to Environment Minister on Abbot Point to be made public

The Senate has passed the Greens’ order for production of documents today to establish whether the Environment Minister was aware of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority’s internal warnings against approving the Abbot Point coal port expansion.

Documents released under Freedom of Information show the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority internally found the Abbot Point coal port expansion would cause irreversible damage that would be impossible to offset.

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Greens back international opposition to Abbott’s attacks on our environment

The Australian Greens firmly support the World Commission on Protected Areas in calling on the Abbott government to stop threatening our national parks and World Heritage Areas.

“Tony Abbott’s agenda of environmental vandalism is an attack on our precious native plants, animals and ecosystems. It is a national embarrassment and the world is watching,” Australian Greens Leader Christine Milne said. 

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Coke turning Springbrook into drybrook

The Australian Greens are alarmed by reports today that Coca-Cola Amatil is continuing to extract thousands of litres of groundwater which is draining water from the creeks, streams and waterfalls of Springbrook National Park.

“This is a precious World Heritage Area and big business is reportedly being allowed to suck it dry for private profit,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.

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Anglo American pull out shows Abbot Point makes no sense economically or environmentally

Anglo American’s decision, to join BHP, Rio Tinto and Lend Lease in pulling out of the Abbot Point coal terminal, is further evidence the project is economically unviable as well as environmentally disastrous.

“With the coal price dropping, the Abbot Point coal port is becoming as toxic to investors as it is to the Great Barrier Reef itself,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.           

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More environment department job cuts as Abbott Government guts national environment protection

The Australian Greens are alarmed by reports today that the Abbott Government is cutting another 200 jobs from the federal Environment Department and gutting the department’s responsibility to assess damaging developments.

“Tony Abbott is gutting the Commonwealth’s ability to assess damaging developments so that his big mining buddies can get away with whatever they want,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.

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Greens secure support for Senate inquiry into environmental offsets

The Australian Greens have secured support for a Senate Inquiry into environmental offsets used by the federal government in approving developments.

“We’re seeing offsets being used more and more as an excuse for governments to tick and flick environmentally damaging projects for the big mining companies,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.

“Often these offsets are so unrealistic that they’re impossible to deliver on.

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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.

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Abbott Government must revoke Abbot Point decision given alarming FOI revelations

The Australian Greens are moving a Senate motion for vote tomorrow calling on the Abbott Government to revoke its approval of the Abbot Point coal port expansion, given alarming new information revealed under FOI.

“In these FOI documents, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority raises serious concerns about long-term irreversible damage to nearby coral reefs and seagrass beds,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.

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Lend Lease pull out of Abbot Point shows project an economic white elephant

Lend Lease’s withdrawal from the Abbot Point coal port in the Great Barrier Reef is a win for the community and raises doubts over the project’s economic viability, say the Australian Greens.

“Companies are bailing on Abbot Point thick and fast,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.

“Lend Lease is just the latest, with BHP and Rio Tinto also getting out recently.

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