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Old parties fail to support Greens protecting Great Barrier Reef from mega coal port

Larissa Waters 13 Nov 2013

The old parties today voted against a Greens' Senate motion to refuse the world's largest coal port being built in the Great Barrier Reef.

"With the decision on the Abbot Point coal terminal expansion expected in December, today's Senate vote was a concerning sign that we'll be getting coal for Christmas from the Abbott Government," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.

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Abbott and Newman governments’ Reef report ignores existing port projects

Larissa Waters 1 Nov 2013

The Newman and Abbott governments’ Great Barrier Reef draft strategic assessment report, released today, won’t save the Reef from the onslaught of existing coal port proposals it currently faces.

“The strategic assessment doesn’t apply to projects already on the books, namely the massive coal ports that UNESCO expressed extreme concern about before warning the Reef could be listed as World Heritage in danger within a year,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.

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Ban coal and gas from Reef board

Larissa Waters 30 Oct 2013

The Australian Greens today called for changes to prohibit people with coal and gas interests from sitting on the Great Barrier Reef's management board, and backed calls for the Abbott Government to pause port approvals until the inquiry into conflicts of interest is completed.

"Big coal and gas should get their hands off the Reef, and off the Reef's management board," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.

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Great Barrier Reef secret mining interests

Larissa Waters 29 Oct 2013

Commenting on tonight's 7:30 investigation that suggests members of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority's (GBRMPA) Board have a conflict of interest because of links to mining companies, Senator Larissa Waters Australian Greens spokesperson on the Reef, said:

"Allegations about conflict of interest on the Great Barrier Reef's management board are extremely worrying and require investigation.

"If these allegations are true, those board members should step down immediately.

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Running out of time to save our Reef

Larissa Waters 23 Oct 2013

The Coalition has today squibbed a chance to protect the Reef by ruling out further development on Gladstone's Curtis Island, by deferring the approval decision on Arrow's LNG plant to just days before Christmas, say the Australian Greens.

"The Reef didn't need another deferral from the government today - this threat of even further industralisation of the largest island within the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area needed to be ruled out once and for all," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.

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Newman’s Ports strategy to overrun Reef with mining industrialisation

Larissa Waters 17 Oct 2013

The Newman Government’s draft Ports Strategy, out today, puts the Great Barrier Reef at risk for the big mining companies, say the Australian Greens.

“Campbell Newman’s draft Ports Strategy won’t stop the big mining companies from turning the Great Barrier Reef into a dumping ground for dredge spoil and a shipping super highway for coal and gas,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.

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Tony Abbott green lights Great Barrier Reef destruction for the big mining companies

Larissa Waters 2 Sep 2013

Tony Abbott’s Great Barrier Reef policy, reported on today, completely ignores the impacts of mining industrialisation, just like Kevin Rudd’s does, say the Australian Greens.

“Tony Abbott has joined Kevin Rudd today with a toothless Great Barrier Reef policy that does nothing to stand in the way of the reef being turned into a dumping ground for dredge spoil and a shipping super highway for the big mining companies,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.

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