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Gladstone report shows regulators fail to protect Reef

The Australian Greens are calling on the Abbott Government to revoke the Abbot Point dredging and dumping approval and to increase compliance staff, following today's report into Gladstone Harbour slamming poor compliance and monitoring with environmental conditions.

"This report is an indictment on Australia's environmental management, compliance monitoring was inadequate, records weren't kept, and complaints about breaches were not followed up," Australian Greens spokesperson for the environment, Senator Larissa Waters said.

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Dredge up the truth on damage to the Reef

The Australian Greens are calling on QRC to cancel their blatant propaganda campaign as a report out today, commissioned by AMCS, shows dredging and dumping will cause significant damage to the Great Barrier Reef.

"This report is yet more evidence showing dredging and dumping for ports and shipping has a major impact on the Great Barrier Reef. QRC should cut their high-rotation television ads and spend that money usefully on fixing the problems they are creating and exacerbating in the Reef," Australian Greens spokesperson for the environment, Senator Larissa Waters, said. 

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Reprieve for Reef as Fitzroy Delta proposal abandoned

The Australian Greens welcome reports that the Mitchell Group's Fitzroy Terminal Project has lapsed, opening up a critical opportunity to protect Keppel Bay and the Fitzroy Delta.

"The Greens congratulate the strong community campaign to protect the Reef, particularly the work of the Keppel and Fitzroy Delta Alliance - Queenslanders have had enough of their beloved Reef being trashed," Australian Greens spokesperson for the environment, Senator Larissa Waters, said.

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Reef in the balance as Senate changes

Today's announcement by Clive Palmer's Waratah Coal that he will seek to take over BHP's abandoned proposal to develop Abbot Point coal terminal, underscores just how urgently we need better national laws to ensure business cannot improperly influence politics, say the Australian Greens.

"Australians deserve to know what Mr Palmer and his Senators will abstain from voting on in the Parliament, given Mr Palmer's business interests," Australian Greens spokesperson for the environment, Senator Larissa Waters, said.

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Don’t trust Reef Trust to save jobs or the Reef

The Australian Greens today lamented the fossil fuel blind spot in the Australian Government's $40 million Reef Trust discussion paper released today, describing it as a continuation of Tony Abbott's protection racket for overseas mining companies.

"If the Abbott Government wanted to protect the Great Barrier Reef they would keep the carbon price and ban dredging and offshore dumping - instead they are protecting their mining magnate mates and try to distract from the key threats to the Reef," Senator Larissa Waters, Greens environment spokesperson, said.

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Whitehaven let off scot-free

Commenting on documents released today, in response to an Australian Greens' Senate order, which provide further evidence that Whitehaven Coal provided false and misleading information to get approval for a massive coal mine, Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Spokesperson for the environment, said:
"Whitehaven Coal should be prosecuted for providing the Government with false information in order to get approval for their environmentally disastrous mine at Maules Creek.

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Abbot Point gas a risky pipedream

Plans for the Abbot Point Coal Terminal to also become a port for LNG export, reported today, are economically unviable and risky for the Reef, say the Australian Greens.

"Minister Hunt must refuse this damaging and ridiculous application as ‘clearly unacceptable' under our federal environmental laws," Australian Greens environment spokesperson, Senator Larissa Waters said.

"The last thing the Reef needs is more damaging dredging, when the World Heritage Committee has warned it could place the Reef on its list of Sites in Danger.

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Greens urge Newman to put the climate before coal

The Australian Greens are calling on the Queensland Environment Minister to put the climate ahead of Gina Rinehart and GVK's Alpha coal mine after the Land Court's decision today.

"Despite finding the mine will have real and "of concern" climate impacts, the court's decision proves that it's high time we change our environmental laws so that this kind of climate destruction cannot be given the green light," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens mining spokesperson, said.

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Environment Department under attack

Reports today that the Federal Department of the Environment is planning to cut a further 500 jobs over the next 3 years is extremely worrying, say the Australian Greens.

"Slashing 500 more jobs from the Environment Department after last year's cuts of almost 200 jobs means up to 700 fewer people to protect Australia's environment, which is exactly what Abbott wants," said Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson.

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