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Reef 2050 Plan fails on climate, dredging, dumping and shipping impacts

The Reef 2050 Plan, released today, fails dismally in protecting the Great Barrier Reef from climate change, dredging, dumping and shipping.

"This plan won't stop the Reef becoming a coal ship super highway," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.

"The plan identifies that climate change is the biggest threat facing the Reef.

"But it ignores the climate impacts of digging up one the world's largest undeveloped coal basins and shipping it out through the Reef.

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The choice is simple – coal or the Reef?

The Australian Greens are calling for urgent climate action based on advice by Professor Terry Hughes, co-author of new research in Science on poor management of World Heritage areas, including the Great Barrier Reef.

"The Abbott and Palaszczuk governments need to take heed of this serious warning from one of the world's leading coral reef scientists," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.

"Based on the science, the choice is simple - coal or the Reef?

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Adjournment speech: New South Wales Environment

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (20:02): The New South Wales Liberal and National parties line up with the Abbott government as environmental vandals. Premier Mike Baird and the coalition government are creating a legacy of environmental destruction and climate change inaction. New South Wales suffered under the previous state Labor government when it came to prioritising developers over local communities, which was one of their favourite activities. The coalition, however, are no better and in some areas worse.

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Abbott Government’s Great Barrier Reef dumping regulations don’t stop Gladstone or Townsville dumping

Reports that the federal Environment Minister will today announce regulations for a ban on dumping in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park follow sustained community protest to Reef dumping.

"Thanks to years of passionate protest from the community and the Greens, the federal and state governments are finally accepting that our Reef should not be a dumping ground," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.

"However, this federal ban only applies to the Marine Park, not the larger World Heritage Area.

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Greens call for ASIC to investigate murky ownership arrangements of Abbot Point and Carmichael projects

The Australian Greens are calling on the Australian Securities and Investments Commission to investigate the ownership of the Abbot Point coal port and Carmichael coal mine projects.

"I've written to ASIC seeking an urgent investigation into which entity owns these massive projects threatening our Reef and climate," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.

"Media revelations have exposed inconsistencies in Adani's reporting of its ownership structure to regulators in India and Australia.

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Palaszczuk Government treating Great Barrier Reef as coal highway

The Palaszczuk Government's announcement today that it will press on with the Abbot Point coal port expansion is bad news for the Great Barrier Reef and the jobs its supports.

"While we welcome that the dredge spoil will not be dumped in the Reef's waters or wetlands, the dredging, shipping and climate impacts of building the world's largest coal port in this World Heritage Area remain," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.

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Senator Waters' comments on revelations that the Abbott Government is paying for international journalists to visit the Great Barrier Reef in a misguided attempt to influence the World Heritage Committee's decision on an 'In Danger' listing.

Senator Waters' comments on revelations that the Abbott Government is paying for international journalists to visit the Great Barrier Reef in a misguided attempt to influence the World Heritage Committee's decision on an 'In Danger' listing.

The journalists are from countries that are members of the World Heritage Committee and the program for the visit includes interviews with government, business and industry.

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