Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown says the Federal and Queensland state governments share responsibility for the Chinese coal carrier Shen Neng 1 being without a pilot when it ran aground east of Great Keppel Island late yesterday, threatening the Great Barrier Reef.
"Despite calls for all such ships to have pilots aboard, both Canberra and Brisbane have bowed to the coal and shipping companies to avoid this common sense requirement," said Senator Brown.
"The failure to insist on pilots has been reckless.
"This is a potential disaster in one of the world's greatest natural wonders.
"But both the Rudd and Bligh governments are planning massive expansion of coal exports throughout the Great Barrier Reef region with no plans for mandatory piloting," Senator Brown added.
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