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ENVIRONMENT—GREAT BARRIER REEF WORLD HERITAGE AREA—OFFSHORE DUMPING

Senator Waters amended general business notice of motion no. 1304 by leave and, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved—That the Senate—

 (a) notes:

  (i) the government estimates that the Reef Rescue program has stopped the equivalent of over one million wheelbarrows worth of sediment run-off entering the Great Barrier Reef,

  (ii) that at least 193 times that amount of sediment has been approved by this Government for offshore dumping in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area, and

  (iii) scientific understanding, that added sediment in the marine environment has destructive impacts on seagrasses and corals; and

 (b) calls on the Government to prohibit offshore dumping of dredge spoil within the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area.

Question put and passed.