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Coalition and Labor’s Reef report card FAIL

The Australian and Queensland government’s Reef 2050 plan annual report is a total fail because it ignores the dangerous threat posed by global warming driven by mining and burning of coal and gas. 

Australian Greens Deputy Leader and environment spokesperson Senator Larissa Waters said:

“The Reef Plan report card deserves a total fail for ignoring the impacts of global warming, under-funding water quality measures, and trying to gloss over the failure to reinstate strong land clearing laws.

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Minister Hunt’s sneaky attempt to co-opt Sir David’s Reef documentary to downplay impacts is offensive

Environment Minister Hunt's attempt to use Sir David Attenborough's documentary to downplay threats to the Great Barrier Reef, including those inflicted by the government, is disingenuous.

Australian Greens Deputy Leader and climate change spokesperson, Qld Senator Larissa Waters, who met Sir David Attenborough at the Paris climate talks where she watched parted of his documentary, said:

"Sir David Attenborough has long warned strongly of the grave impacts of global warming and is a leading supporter of the global transition to renewable energy.

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Greens call for $90 million funding boost for Reef Marine Park Authority and Reef scientists

The Australian Greens are calling for a funding boost for the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority by $82 million over four years to help the Reef survive future bleaching events.

Qld Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and climate change spokesperson, also committed to an extra $8 million over four years for the Australian Institute of Marine Science.   

"To save the Reef from global warming we must stop allowing new coal mines and transition to 100 per cent job-rich renewable energy as rapidly as possible," Senator Waters said.

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Level 3 bleaching event makes choice even more stark – it’s coral or coal

The Greens are calling on the Turnbull and Palaszczuk governments to stop allowing new coal mines in the wake of the coral bleaching threat increasing to three - the highest level.

Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and climate change spokesperson, said:

"Increased monitoring is important but if we continue to open new coal mines the monitoring results will only get worse and worse.

"Both the Liberal federal government and the Labor state government are letting the Reef be used as a highway for coal and gas.

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Government concern for coral bleaching insincere unless Adani mine stopped

With coral bleaching already confirmed in the Great Barrier Reef today and scientific concern for a mass bleaching event soon, the state and federal governments must overturn their approvals for the Adani coal mine.  

"The science is clear - it's coal or the Reef," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens climate change spokesperson, said.

"Crying crocodile tears about coral bleaching while sending more and more coal ships out through the Reef is hypocritical.

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Qld Labor approves Southern Hemisphere’s largest coal mine to cook the Reef and the planet

The Queensland Labor Government's approval of the Adani Carmichael mine is a climate pollution disaster, which threatens our Great Barrier Reef and groundwater, and delays genuine job creation.

Qld Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and climate change spokesperson, said:  

"It is unbelievable in this age of global warming that any government would give environmental approval for a new coal mine, let alone the largest coal mine in the Southern Hemisphere run by an overseas company with a history of environmental destruction.

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Hunt backs Abbot (Point)

The Australian Greens condemn Minister Hunt's approval of the Queensland Labor Government's plan for a massive coal port in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area at Abbot Point.

"Minister Hunt's dangerous decision is bad news for our Reef, jobs and the climate," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens climate change spokesperson, said.

"The damage ticked off on today includes dredging 1.1 million cubic metres of the Reef floor which will mobilise about 10,000 tonnes of fine sediment, smothering seagrass habitat for dugongs and turtles.

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Company logos don’t belong on our Great Barrier Reef

The Australian Greens condemn the Liberal Government's plan to allow companies to brand the Great Barrier Reef.

Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens climate change spokesperson, said: "What's next, naming rights, like for football stadiums?

"While private donations for Reef protection are welcome they shouldn't be in exchange for advertising rights and they must be on top of adequate public funding, not in place of it.

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Big four unlikely to sink money into Adani’s white elephant

The Australian Greens are calling on Westpac to rule out funding Adani's Carmichael mine in order to meet its commitment to keep global warming within 2 degrees, announced today.

"There's no way you can finance the Southern Hemisphere's largest coal mine and say you're taking action on global warming," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens climate change spokesperson, said.

"It's looking very unlikely that any of the big four Australian banks will finance the Carmichael mine.

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