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Abbot Point gas a risky pipedream

Plans for the Abbot Point Coal Terminal to also become a port for LNG export, reported today, are economically unviable and risky for the Reef, say the Australian Greens.

"Minister Hunt must refuse this damaging and ridiculous application as ‘clearly unacceptable' under our federal environmental laws," Australian Greens environment spokesperson, Senator Larissa Waters said.

"The last thing the Reef needs is more damaging dredging, when the World Heritage Committee has warned it could place the Reef on its list of Sites in Danger.

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Greens establish Senate Inquiry into management of Great Barrier Reef

The Senate has passed the Greens’ proposal for a Senate Inquiry into the management of the Great Barrier Reef today.

“Our Great Barrier Reef is under more pressure than ever before with an onslaught of mining industrialisation and our inquiry will get all of the impacts out into the open,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.

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Greens move for Senate Inquiry on Great Barrier Reef

The Australian Greens are moving for a Senate Inquiry into the management of the Great Barrier Reef and are calling on the other parties to support the inquiry.

“Our inquiry would examine whether the mounting threats to the Reef are being properly managed or whether pressure from the mining industry, driving the unprecedented industrialisation, will see the Reef’s demise,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.

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Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority’s advice to Environment Minister on Abbot Point to be made public

The Senate has passed the Greens’ order for production of documents today to establish whether the Environment Minister was aware of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority’s internal warnings against approving the Abbot Point coal port expansion.

Documents released under Freedom of Information show the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority internally found the Abbot Point coal port expansion would cause irreversible damage that would be impossible to offset.

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Anglo American pull out shows Abbot Point makes no sense economically or environmentally

Anglo American’s decision, to join BHP, Rio Tinto and Lend Lease in pulling out of the Abbot Point coal terminal, is further evidence the project is economically unviable as well as environmentally disastrous.

“With the coal price dropping, the Abbot Point coal port is becoming as toxic to investors as it is to the Great Barrier Reef itself,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.           

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Senate calls on Environment Minister to revoke Abbot Point approval

The Australian Greens’ motion calling the Abbott Government to revoke its approval of the Abbot Point coal port expansion, has passed the Senate today.

“The Senate and the community are sending a strong message to the Abbott Government that dumping millions of tonnes of sludge in the Great Barrier Reef is unacceptable,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.

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Fixing Abbot Point environmental damage would cost $1 billion

The Australian Greens will introduce a bill to ban offshore dumping in the Great Barrier Reef today, as new research shows the government is effectively subsidising the Abbot Point sludge dumping by $1 billion.

"The government is letting 5 million tonnes of dredging sediment be dumped in the Reef for the big mining companies at Abbot Point," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.

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Clive Palmer, the Reef is not your own personal waste dump

The Australian Greens are alarmed by reports today that Clive Palmer’s nickel refinery is threatening human health and the Great Barrier Reef with massive ponds full of toxic sludge.

“It’s appalling that Clive Palmer is threatening people’s health and our Great Barrier Reef with massive ponds of toxic sludge and that he’s been allowed to get away with it for so long,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.

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Senate Motion: A win for Great Barrier Reef transparency

The Senate notes:

1.    The World Heritage Committee has expressed extreme concern about industrialisation of the Great Barrier Reef coastline, as have Queensland fishers and tourism operators, and the broader Australian community

2.    The federal and Queensland Governments are currently undertaking two strategic assessments which will decide how the Great Barrier Reef's coast will be protected into the future

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