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Government refuses to stop Great Barrier Reef destruction

Larissa Waters 9 Nov 2011

Both the Government and the Coalition bowed to the whims of the fossil fuel industries today, in voting down a Greens’ motion to suspend dredging and development in the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef until the cumulative impacts of the mass dredging projects can be properly assessed.

There was public outrage at the damage to the Reef from coal and coal seam gas ports exposed by Four Corners this week, with more than 40,000 people already signing a petition to save the Reef.

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Red-letter day in fight against warming

Today will be a great day for Australians who have waited years for their government to take our warming planet seriously.

After years of talk and a few backward steps, the Senate will pass a suite of legislation that will put a price on pollution from July next year.

Australians - who in 2007 and 2010 voted for politicians to back widespread community support for taking action - will be able to finally say that most of their elected representatives listened and acted.

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Third time unlucky for Gladstone harbour – time for feds to act

Larissa Waters 27 Oct 2011

The latest suspension of dredging in Gladstone harbour implies a third breach of turbidity standards, showing that mass dredging is clearly unfeasible, Australian Greens environment spokesperson Senator Larissa Waters said today.

“Gladstone Ports Corporation temporarily suspended dredging twice recently when turbidity went off the charts, and I suspect yesterday's suspension is for the same reason,” Senator Waters said.

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Senate Estimates - SEWPaC - Dredge spoil dumping from Gladstone harbour

Larissa Waters 18 Oct 2011

Senator Larissa Waters questions SEWPaC officials regarding the dumping of dredge spoil from Gladstone harbour and the impact of LNG export facilities on the World Heritage status of the Great Barrier Reef.

 

TRANSCRIPT:

CHAIR: Thank you, Senator Boswell. Senator Waters.

Senator WATERS: What advice did heritage officials give the minister about the impacts of dumping 11 million cubic metres of dredge spoil from Gladstone Harbour into the World Heritage area?

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