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Privatisation to put pressure on the reef and Queenslanders

The Newman Government’s plans to privatise ports and to weaken environmental impact assessment, revealed today, will put more pressure on the Great Barrier Reef than ever before, say the Australian Greens. 
“With coal ports in private hands and a lax process for assessing their environmental impacts, the Great Barrier Reef will be under more pressure than ever before,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.

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More mining pollution for reef

The Newman Government’s decision to expand its program that lets coal mining companies dump polluted water into Queensland rivers, reported on today, could devastate the Great Barrier Reef, say the Australian Greens.

“Premier Newman is sacrificing the communities and industries that rely on our rivers and reef to save coal mining barons the expense of managing their water discharge safely.

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Greens Act to Save Reef from Uranium and World Heritage In-Danger Listing

The Australian Greens will introduce a bill to Parliament tomorrow to save the Great Barrier Reef from uranium shipping and being added to the World Heritage list of sites in danger.

"Premier Newman is considering shipping uranium through the reef and the World Heritage committee is warning the reef is being overrun with development," Senator Larissa Waters, the Australian Greens Great Barrier Reef spokesperson, said.

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Environment Minister set to become Golf Course Minister

Golf courses should not be built in Australia's iconic reefs and desert landscapes against the wishes of traditional owners, say the Australian Greens.

"Tony Burke is on track to swap his title as Minister for the Environment to Minister for Golf Courses," Senator Larissa Waters, the Australian Greens Environment spokesperson, said.

"Yesterday we saw Minister Burke sign off on a golf course in the middle of a World Heritage Area - the Great Barrier Reef - against  the wishes of traditional owners.

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Old parties condemn Reef with shale oil

Premier Newman’s environmental vandalism knows no bounds, with the Great Barrier Reef set to suffer from open slather on shale oil mining, said the Australian Greens.

“Strip mining for shale oil is a disaster for the Reef. Along with its extreme climate impacts, shale oil mining uses unproven experimental technology and has serious environmental impacts. It’s the last industry you want on the shores of our World Heritage Great Barrier Reef,” said Queensland Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Environment spokesperson.

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Greenwash Government report sells out Reef to coal and gas

Today’s State Party Report on the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area shows the Australian Government has failed to meet key UNESCO recommendations to keep the Reef off the World Heritage in Danger list, prompting the Australian Greens to announce they will move amendments to federal environmental laws to enforce the recommendations and protect the Reef.

“The Australian Government deserves a fail mark on their Reef homework,” said Australian Greens Senator for Queensland and Environment spokesperson Larissa Waters.

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Fail mark expected for Australian Government’s Reef homework

The Australian Government’s report to UNESCO on the health of the Great Barrier Reef is due tomorrow, and with little action taken, the risk of our Great Barrier Reef being put on the World Heritage In Danger list is real.

“The Australian and Queensland governments have continued to treat the Reef like a coal and gas highway and a rubbish tip for dredge spoil, and deserve a fail mark from UNESCO on their Reef homework,” said Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Senator for Queensland and spokesperson for the Great Barrier Reef.

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