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Adani railway line environmentally disastrous and economically risky

 The Adani Galilee Basin railway line, approved by the Abbott Government, could become a stranded asset and is part of an environmental and climate disaster.

“In an age of climate change, the Abbott Government has approved the Southern Hemisphere’s biggest coal mine; the world’s biggest coal port in the Great Barrier Reef; and now the railway line to join them,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.

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Abbott and Newman governments’ Reef Plan is plan for its demise from dredging, dumping and coal

The draft Reef 2050 Long-Term Sustainability Plan, released today, does nothing to stop the onslaught of dredging and dumping already applied for along the Reef’s coast and the mass export of coal through the Reef to exacerbate climate change, say the Australian Greens.

“The plan ignores the fact that exporting millions of tonnes of coal out through the Reef will exacerbate climate change, the biggest threat facing this iconic World Heritage Area,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.

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Greens welcome report showcasing importance of Reef-side wetlands threatened by Newman’s Abbot Point dumping plan

The Australian Greens welcome the Australian Marine Conservation Society report out today about the Caley Valley wetlands which the Newman Government’s proposal for disposal of the Abbot Point dredge sludge could threaten.

“The Newman Government may have realised that the cheapest and dirtiest option of dumping dredge spoil in the Great Barrier Reef is not acceptable to Queenslanders, scientists or internationally,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.

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Greens bill to ban dumping in Great Barrier Reef including at Abbot Point

The Australian Greens will introduce a Private Member’s Bill to the Senate today to ban offshore dumping in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area and backdate it so that it is illegal for the Abbot Point offshore dumping to proceed.

“The Senate Inquiry established by the Greens into the Great Barrier Reef yesterday tabled its report calling for a temporary moratorium on Reef dumping until an expert dredge panel completes a review,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.  

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Senate Inquiry calls for pause on dumping in Great Barrier Reef when total ban needed

The Senate Inquiry into the Great Barrier Reef, established by the Greens, has tabled its report, recommending a temporary moratorium on offshore dumping in the Reef while a cap or ban on dumping is considered.

“What the Great Barrier Reef really needs is a an immediate and permanent ban on all dumping in the Great Barrier Reef,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.

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Greens’ Senate motion to expose whether Minister Hunt’s ‘line in the sand’ on Reef dumping is worthless

The Australian Greens will put a motion to the Senate today to establish what the Environment  Minister meant when he said he would ‘draw a line in the sand’ on dumping in the Great Barrier Reef.

“Minister Hunt’s vague statement about drawing a line in the sand on Reef dumping is full of holes,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.

“The Minister refers to ‘future’ dumping without specifying whether this includes projects that have been applied for but not yet approved.

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Newman Government allows big donor to dredge up Reef

The Australian Greens are alarmed by a report today that a former coal baron was allowed to dredge in the Great Barrier Reef after donating $150 000 to the Queensland LNP a week before.

“It’s clear the big end of town is running the Newman Government at the expense of everyday Queenslanders and the Great Barrier Reef,” Queensland Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.

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Abbott Government approves Australia’s biggest coal mine to cook the planet and ruin the Reef

The Abbott Government’s approval of Adani’s Carmichael coal mine in the Galilee Basin, to export through the Great Barrier Reef, is an environmental and climate disaster.

“Off the back of repealing effective action on climate change, the Abbott Government has ticked off on a proposal for Australia’s biggest coal mine to cook the planet and turn our Reef into a super highway for coal ships,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.

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