Koalas in Queensland, NSW and ACT will be listed as a threatened species by the Australian Government, acting on the recommendation of the Senate Inquiry instigated by Senator Bob Brown and the Australian Greens last year.
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.
Queenslanders in mining towns are increasingly unable to afford housing and other basic necessities while the Labor Government continues to defend its planned tax cuts for big business and mining magnates, the Greens said today.
Premier Anna Bligh has listened to the Greens and environment groups and committed to protect Bimblebox Nature Refuge from Clive Palmer's China First coal mine only a day away from the Queensland state election, heaping pressure on Campbell Newman to do the same should the LNP win Government tomorrow.
The fate of Queensland’s Bimblebox Nature Refuge lies with how much power Clive Palmer will have over a Queensland LNP Government, as the mining billionaire banks on being allowed to turn the part taxpayer-funded Refuge into a 40 million tonne coal mine.
The mining boom driven by billionaire magnates like Clive Palmer is weakening the economy and damaging regional communities and the environment, but the old parties don’t want to know as they are likely to block a Greens motion deferred to tomorrow to assess the real costs of the mining boom to Queensland.
Under questioning from the Greens today, Australian Government has acknowledged it has the power to use the national environment laws to protect Wild Rivers from Campbell Newman and a future LNP Queensland Government, which has pledged to roll back the laws against the wishes of many Aboriginal communities.
The Australian Government’s unwillingness to act on the ongoing environmental crisis in Gladstone harbour was explained today, as the Australian Financial Review reported Environment Minister Tony Burke as saying ‘it’s difficult to find any world heritage values within Gladstone harbour’.
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.