Greens candidate for Dawson Jonathon Dykyj is responding to outrageous attacks from George Christensen. Mr Christensen has labelled the Greens as extreme for standing up to port developers who are treating our reef as a dumping ground and a coal and gas highway.
The same day that the federal Environment Minister, Tony Burke, acted to boost environment laws to give himself the power to stop the supertrawler, the ALP Government and the Coalition also voted to continue their plan to give away responsibility to protect Australian icons like the Great Barrier Reef.
The Queensland Greens state that plans to dump millions of litres of nickel tailings from the Yabulu Nickel Refinery in Great Barrier Reef waters is unacceptable.
Owner Clive Palmer is claiming the jobs of 1,000 of his employees should take precedence over the health of the reef.
The Premier's dissatisfaction with Gladstone Ports Corporation is welcome after past breaches of Gladstone Harbour’s turbidity limits were largely ignored, but it must trigger real change to the dredging operation in the Harbour if it is to be anything more than another opportunity to install the party faithful at the top of a government-owned corporation.
The hypocritical in-fighting between the federal environment minister and the Queensland premier over the Great Barrier Reef has demonstrated what the Greens have been saying all along – the Australian Government should never have tried to pass off their own environmental responsibilities to the states, the Australian Greens said today.
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.
The Australian Greens are calling on the Government to press pause on plans to massively increase shipping for fossil fuel exports throughout the Great Barrier Reef, as a bulk carrier breaks down just off Cairns and is drifting towards Shark Reef.
In a reprieve for the environment, the climate and the Great Barrier Reef, the Queensland Government has decided that the massive coal export facility expansion, planned to make Abbot Point the largest coal port in the world, is deeply flawed and unviable.