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Tuesday, 7 February 2017
Page: 161


Mr Bandt asked the Minister for the Environment and Energy, in writing, on 10 October 2016:

In respect of the link between atmospheric pollution, climate change and coral reef degradation, (a) what response has the Government made to the International Society for Reef Studies' letter (dated 25 June 2016) urging it to cease endorsing the export of coal and to stop or revoke approving new coal mines, and (b) what impact will the burning of coal at the Carmichael mine have on the world heritage values of the Great Barrier Reef.


Mr Frydenberg: The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(a) The Government has not made any response to the International Society for Reef Studies' letter dated 25 June 2016, due to the letter in question never being received by the Government.

(b) The Carmichael Coal Mine is located in outback Queensland, approximately 300 kilometres west of the Great Barrier Reef. A comprehensive environmental assessment concluded that the mine will not have any direct impacts on the reef. The burning of coal at the Carmichael mine has not been proposed. As this matter is currently before the Federal Court, no further comment can be made.