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Newman Government’s Port Bill is an invitation for Great Barrier Reef ‘In Danger’ listing

The Newman Government’s Port Bill allows open slather for dredging, dumping and port expansion in four areas of the Great Barrier Reef and doesn’t stop any dredging in the Reef that has already been applied for.

“This bill acts like an invitation to the World Heritage Committee to put the Great Barrier Reef on the ‘In Danger’ list,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.

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Abbott Government in wilful denial on Reef threats while world expresses concern

The Abbott Government should listen to international concern about the Great Barrier Reef instead of denying it is under threat, say the Australian Greens.

"The Abbott Government obviously has its head in the dredge spoil on climate change and especially its impacts on the Great Barrier Reef," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.

"President Obama joins the World Heritage Committee, scientific experts, the tourism industry and the community in pointing out that actually the Reef is under threat.

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Greens congratulate community on Labor’s Reef dumping backflip

The Australian Greens congratulate community campaigns to protect the Great Barrier Reef, which have brought about Labor’s change of policy on offshore dumping today.

“Finally Labor has realised that Australians will not accept dumping in our Reef, after Labor failed to refuse the Abbot Point dumping and approved the Gladstone Harbour dumping disaster when in government,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.

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Old parties support Campbell Newman’s taxpayer sludge fund to destroy wetlands for the Abbot Point coal port

The old parties have today refused to support an Australian Greens’ motion calling on the Abbott Government to rule out using federal taxpayer funders to pay the big mining companies to dump their dredge sludge on wetlands for the Abbot Point coal port.

“The Newman Government wants to use state and federal taxpayer money to pay for the big mining companies to dump their sludge spoil in or near the nationally significant Caley Valley wetlands,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment, spokesperson.

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Adani railway line environmentally disastrous and economically risky

 The Adani Galilee Basin railway line, approved by the Abbott Government, could become a stranded asset and is part of an environmental and climate disaster.

“In an age of climate change, the Abbott Government has approved the Southern Hemisphere’s biggest coal mine; the world’s biggest coal port in the Great Barrier Reef; and now the railway line to join them,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.

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Abbott and Newman governments’ Reef Plan is plan for its demise from dredging, dumping and coal

The draft Reef 2050 Long-Term Sustainability Plan, released today, does nothing to stop the onslaught of dredging and dumping already applied for along the Reef’s coast and the mass export of coal through the Reef to exacerbate climate change, say the Australian Greens.

“The plan ignores the fact that exporting millions of tonnes of coal out through the Reef will exacerbate climate change, the biggest threat facing this iconic World Heritage Area,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.

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Greens welcome report showcasing importance of Reef-side wetlands threatened by Newman’s Abbot Point dumping plan

The Australian Greens welcome the Australian Marine Conservation Society report out today about the Caley Valley wetlands which the Newman Government’s proposal for disposal of the Abbot Point dredge sludge could threaten.

“The Newman Government may have realised that the cheapest and dirtiest option of dumping dredge spoil in the Great Barrier Reef is not acceptable to Queenslanders, scientists or internationally,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.

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Tarkine needs federal government protection

Amid reports that Shree Minerals' Nelson Bay River mine is under investigation for breaching its federal environmental permit, Australian Greens Leader Christine Milne says the Abbott government must not proceed with plans to hand protection powers over to the state.

It's believed the Tasmanian Government amended its permit to allow the Nelson Bay River Mine to produce 20 times more acid-producing waste rock than originally planned, but the Federal Environment Department was not notified or given a chance to model the impacts on threatened species.

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