April 21, 2013: Greens candidate for Dawson Jonathon Dykyj today said the backflip by George Christensen to dump millions of tonnes of toxic coal port dredge spoil in World Heritage Great Barrier Reef Marine Park is highly irresponsible.
"The Greens have consistently said that dredge spoil dumped on land or at sea is harmful.
The World Heritage Committee has upheld their draft decision handed down in earlier this month on the Great Barrier Reef, which calls upon the Government to stop developments that may affect the Reef until a comprehensive strategic assessment can be completed.
The Queensland Greens are concerned that the latest military exercises at Shoalwater Bay could have harmful effects on the marine environment at Shoalwater Bay.
Last night’s explosive UNESCO State of Conservation Report and draft decisions on the Great Barrier Reef is a slap in the face for the federal and Queensland governments, who must now stop their dredging, dumping and shipping frenzy to avoid the international embarrassment of a World Heritage in Danger listing within 8 months.
Jack Mc Dougall (DM 17/03/11) raises some very interesting points about fishing. It is the desire of the Greens to ensure that we have fishing, and that we have fishing now and in the future.
Australian Greens environment spokesperson Senator Larissa Waters will challenge the Government today in Question Time on their plans to make profits from the dumping of dredge spoil in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.