The Australian Greens are outraged by reports today that the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) has allowed dredge spoil dumping in the Reef for the Abbot Point coal port expansion.
The Greens will move for new laws in the federal Parliament to ban offshore dumping in the Great Barrier Reef to protect this World Heritage icon from being treated like a rubbish tip.
The Australian Greens are concerned that the Abbott Government’s Gladstone Harbour inquiry will turn into a political witch hunt, following the terms of reference announcement today.
The Greens have preferenced five progressive micro parties ahead of the ALP in the Griffith by-election.
“The Greens spearhead a progressive movement that is a coalition of concerned citizens and activists opposed to putting short term profits first and everything else a distant second,” Griffith Greens’ candidate, Geoff Ebbs said.
The Queensland Greens say the state government must cut back on its huge subsidies to fossil fuel industries if it is to be serious about debt reduction.
The Greens candidate for the Griffith by-election is small businessman, Geoff Ebbs of West End.
Mr Ebbs said the by-election provided an important opportunity to send a message to the Abbott government to maintain strong action on climate change and to avoid cuts in crucial areas such as schools, universities and jobs.