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Palmer's toxic waste plan for the Great Barrier Reef

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Larissa Waters

Australian Senate Australian Greens Senator for Queensland

media release

Monday, 25 June 2012 Palmer’s toxic waste plan for the Great Barrier Reef The Greens are calling on the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority to stand firm against the demands from the LNP’s largest donor, Clive Palmer, to dump polluted water from his nickel refinery into the Great Barrier Reef. “The Great Barrier Reef is - so far - still a World Heritage icon that is a unique and precious place to all Australians,” Australian Greens environment spokesperson, Senator Larissa Waters, said. “It’s appalling that Clive Palmer, the richest man in Queensland, expects to be given the green light to trash the Reef that belongs to all of us, just because his nickel refinery has failed to account for rainfall. “There have been no major floods, cyclones or extreme weather events in the area over recent months - if major mining projects can’t manage their operations under fairly average conditions, how can they cope with more extreme weather events in a changing climate? “This will be a test for the Queensland Government - will they roll over for Clive Palmer, their biggest donor? This is exactly why the federal environment minister, Tony Burke, should not proceed with plans to hand over more environmental responsibility to the states. “This project is another example of a destructive activity that isn’t covered by the so-called comprehensive strategic assessment of development on the Reef, and where Tony Burke needs to take a stronger stand. “The Great Barrier Reef is one of Australia’s last great icons, and supports more than 60,000 Australians in sustainable jobs - we can’t allow it to become another casualty of Campbell Newman and Clive Palmer’s swathe of mining destruction, and a weak federal government.” Media contact: Elissa McKay 0419 626 725