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UNESCO determined to investigate Great Barrier Reef dredging

Larissa Waters 17 Feb 2012

UNESCO has sent a clear message that they are taking the threat of mass dredging to the World Heritage status of the Great Barrier Reef seriously, setting out comprehensive terms of reference for their Reactive Monitoring Mission.

The Australian Greens have welcomed the Mission’s intention to help the Government develop ‘a long-term plan for sustainable development’, and strongly endorse the need for UNESCO to be actively involved in the Government’s strategic assessment of the Reef.

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Government misleads World Heritage Committee on Tasmanian logging

Bob Brown 7 Feb 2012

The Australian Government has lodged a report with the World Heritage Committee that misrepresents the extent of logging in forest surrounding the Tasmanian World Heritage Area, Australian Greens leader Bob Brown said today.

"The Australian Government is putting forward a submission to an international committee that essentially does not tell the truth about what is happening in Tasmania's forests," Senator Brown said.

In the report to the committee the government claims in relation to the Tasmanian forests intergovernmental agreement:

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What cost to Gladstone harbour?

Larissa Waters 24 Nov 2011

It was nearly two months ago that I held a press conference and called for the Federal Environment Minister to suspend dredging in Gladstone harbour until any link to the unfolding environmental crisis can be determined.

That's nearly two months of unspecified lesions in dead and dying fish. Two months of further dead turtles and dugongs, unknown disease in sharks, barramundi, prawns and other species. Two months of reports of boils and lesions suffered by fishermen themselves and local fishing businesses sent to the wall.

And the dredging still continues.

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More dodgy dredging data for Gladstone harbour

Larissa Waters 23 Nov 2011

The latest October water test results from Queensland’s Department of Environment and Resource Management (DERM) indicate that dredging is linked to the two months of extreme turbidity spikes in Gladstone harbour.

Australian Greens spokesperson for the environment Senator Larissa Waters renewed her call for the suspension of mass dredging in the harbour until the cause of marine disease outbreak had been properly determined.

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Greens applaud greater Antarctic protection

Australia's adoption of international obligations to better protect Antarctica's environment is a welcome step, Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown said today.

"I congratulate the Gillard government," Senator Brown said. "While the Madrid Protocol has proved an outstanding international agreement in protecting Antarctica's environment from mining, other threats abound now and will in the future."

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Gillard, Abbott should heed Australia’s right to an independent foreign policy in its own region

Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown said the Gillard government should ensure the Parliament debates the US military build-up planned for the NT and the alternative of Australia charting an independent course in the Asia Pacific this century.

"President Obama, who was very warmly welcomed to our nation's capital, today delivered an important speech about America's increased involvement in the Pacific and the economic and military imperatives that lie behind the US plans for Australia," Senator Brown said in Canberra.

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