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Abbott Government’s report to the World Heritage Committee on Great Barrier Reef fails to allay committee’s concerns

The Abbott Government has failed to address the World Heritage Committee’s key concerns about the Great Barrier Reef, in its report to the committee, made public today.

 “The Abbott Government’s report to the World Heritage Committee is the government’s latest invitation to the committee to put the Reef on the ‘In Danger’ list,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.   

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Greens launch election policy to save our Great Barrier Reef

The Greens are today launching their election policy to save the Great Barrier Reef at the Sunshine Coast leg of national Reef rallies.

Greens Queensland Senator Larissa Waters, speaking at the Sunshine Coast rally, said: 
“This election is the Reef election and that’s because pressure from Greens supporters has finally got the big parties talking about the issue.

“But Queenslanders know the Reef needs more than election slogans, it needs real action, like the Greens are announcing today.

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Millions needed to fix Reef’s water quality but Newman gives money away to big mining companies

New research shows $784 million is needed to improve Great Barrier Reef water quality, even before new the coal mines and ports, supported by the major parties, are built.

“Even though the Reef is already struggling, the Newman Government is set to make its water quality even worse,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.

“The Newman Government is paying to dump the dredge spoil from the Abbot Point port expansion in the Caley Valley wetlands.

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Newman has already splashed $2 billion of Queensland taxpayers’ money on Abbot Point

A new report out today by The Australia Institute shows that the Newman Government has already spent almost $2 billion of Queensland taxpayers’ money on the existing Abbot Point coal port.

“The Newman Government has already taken almost $2 billion that could have gone to public transport, schools and hospitals and used it to prop up the coal industry,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.

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Greens welcome legal challenge against Adani’s Carmichael coal mine on climate grounds

 The Australian Greens congratulate the Mackay Conservation Group for standing up for our Great Barrier Reef and climate by challenging the Abbott Government’s approval of Adani’s Carmichael coal mine in court.

“The Abbott and Newman governments have ticked off the Southern Hemisphere’s biggest coal mine in Queensland’s Galilee Basin to export through the Great Barrier Reef, without even considering the climate impacts,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.

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Greens pitch to Queensland: Newman & Abbott are the same bad deal on environment

Australian Greens leader Senator Christine Milne reinforced the connection between Campbell Newman and Tony Abbott in the eyes of the electorate, while in Brisbane today.   

“Tony Abbott and Campbell Newman have the same arrogant agenda that is anti-environment and makes life harder for everyday people,” Senator Milne said.

“Together they have inflicted more than 50 attacks on Queensland’s environment, including approving the world’s largest coal port in the Great Barrier Reef.

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Still time to do what the World Heritage Committee has asked on Reef instead of wasting it with lobbying

The Abbott Government’s taskforce of diplomats, revealed today, set up to lobby other countries over the threat of an ‘In Danger’ listing for the Great Barrier Reef, is not what the Reef needs.

“The Abbott Government hasn’t done its Reef homework and now is wasting the rest of the time it has left to get it done by making up excuses for the teacher,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.

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Great Barrier Reef needs action not lobbying to prevent ‘In Danger’ listing

To save the Great Barrier Reef from an ‘In Danger’ listing, the Abbott Government needs to follow the World Heritage Committee’s recommendations, instead of telling other countries to back off, as reported today.

“The best way to avoid a World Heritage ‘In Danger’ listing, which would be a disaster for our tourism industry, is to do what the World Heritage Committee is asking, instead of trying to lobby and bully other countries,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.

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Newman Government’s Port Bill is an invitation for Great Barrier Reef ‘In Danger’ listing

The Newman Government’s Port Bill allows open slather for dredging, dumping and port expansion in four areas of the Great Barrier Reef and doesn’t stop any dredging in the Reef that has already been applied for.

“This bill acts like an invitation to the World Heritage Committee to put the Great Barrier Reef on the ‘In Danger’ list,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.

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Newman gives mining magnates free rein over Queensland’s precious water

The Newman Government’s legislation, expected to pass today, letting big mining companies use up billions of litres of water without a licence rips off Queenslanders and the environment.

“The Newman Government is letting the big mining companies take all the water they want, regardless of the needs of farmers or the need for environmental flows in the Reef catchment,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.

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