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Thursday, 15 October 2015
Page: 7777

Senator FIFIELD (VictoriaManager of Government Business in the Senate, Minister for Communications, Minister for the Arts and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Digital Government) (12:31): Mr Deputy President, I seek leave to make a short statement.

The DEPUTY PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute.

Senator FIFIELD: The government supports this motion, welcomes community-driven initiatives such as ReefBlitz and is proud to be participating and working alongside this event through the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority. The coalition is investing, along with the Queensland government, a projected $2 billion in the reef over the next 10 years to protect this magnificent World Heritage icon. The coalition's Reef Trust is providing $700,000 for marine debris clean-up all along the Great Barrier Reef coast. Further, through the National Environmental Science Program, the government is committing funding to applied research that will greatly improve our knowledge of species, water quality and reef resilience for the future. We are immensely pleased that the World Heritage Committee has praised Australia for its exemplary efforts to protect Australia's Great Barrier Reef, and we encourage people to participate in this great event, which will make a real and practical difference to protecting our reef.

Question agreed to.