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.
"Management of the Reef must be free from mining interests, and members of the board should put the future of this World Heritage icon before their own self-interest and the profits of big miners.
"I will be asking questions of GBRMPA in Senate Estimates about how conflicts of interest are prevented, disclosed and managed, and what steps will be taken to ensure that the public can have confidence in the board in future."