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Great Barrier Reef alarm call for World Heritage Day

Larissa Waters 18 Apr 2012

World Heritage Day is a wake-up call to save the internationally renowned Great Barrier Reef from the devastating impacts of mass dredging, dumping and shipping for fossil fuel exports which the Federal Government’s strategic assessment won’t fix, the Australian Greens said today.

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Government still in denial on Gladstone environmental crisis

The first independent scientific investigation of the marine life contamination in Gladstone harbour still hasn’t prompted the Government to suspend the likely cause of the ecological crisis –mass dredging and dumping, Australian Greens environment spokesperson Senator Larissa Waters said today.

“This is the very first scientific study not conducted by the Queensland Government or the Gladstone Ports Corporation, the proponents of the mass dredging and dumping operation in this World Heritage Area,” Senator Waters said.

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Overwhelming majority oppose Great Barrier Reef dumping

Larissa Waters 14 Mar 2012

Australians are overwhelmingly opposed to the Government’s approvals for dumping of dredge spoil in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area, revealed by a new Galaxy poll released today.

“This is a stunning result - 91 per cent of Australians are against turning our World Heritage Great Barrier Reef into a rubbish dump, with only three per cent in favour,” Australian Greens environment spokesperson Senator Larissa Waters said.

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UNESCO not fooled on Great Barrier Reef

Lee Rhiannon 7 Mar 2012

The health and future of Australia’s World Heritage icon, the Great Barrier Reef, is under investigation as Australian Greens environment spokesperson Senator Larissa Waters held a detailed and productive briefing with the United Nations mission team last night.

“I am greatly encouraged that UNESCO is scrutinising Government claims that their proposed strategic assessment of Reef development is adequate to protect  the Great Barrier Reef and the $7 billion sustainable industries and 60,000 jobs it supports,” Senator Waters said.

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