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New study shows dredging and dumping doubles coral reef disease – Abbot Point must be stopped

Environment Minister Hunt must revoke his approval of the Abbot Point coal port in the Great Barrier Reef, given new research by the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies out today that shows dredging doubles the frequency of coral disease.

“This landmark study busts the misinformation campaign being run the Queensland Resources Council and the Newman Government wide open,” Australian Greens environment spokesperson, Larissa Waters, said.

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Alarming proposal for Great Barrier Reef to be used as drip tray for coal spills at Hay Point

The Australian Greens are alarmed by a proposal submitted to the federal government to build a coal port less than 50 metres from homes near Mackay and to load the coal from barges into ships offshore in the Great Barrier Reef.

“Now the big mining companies want to use the Great Barrier Reef as a drip tray for coal spills,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.

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Third strike on Great Barrier Reef World Heritage ‘In Danger’ warning

The World Heritage Committee has tonight given the Abbott and Newman Governments one more chance to stop destroying the Great Barrier Reef or it will be placed on the World Heritage ‘In Danger' list next year.

"This is the third and probably the final warning from the World Heritage Committee for the future of our Reef," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.

"UNESCO's message to the Abbott Government is clear - this is your last chance to pick up your act and save the Reef from ending up on the ‘In Danger' list next year.

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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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Mining spin can’t hide climate destruction of Great Barrier Reef

The Australian Greens today slammed the Queensland Resources Council's latest Great Barrier Reef spin campaign as an attempt to distract from the obvious damage the coal and gas industries do to the Great Barrier Reef.

"No PR campaign can absolve the coal lobby from responsibility for the effects of climate change on the Great Barrier Reef," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.

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