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Code Red for Reef on Morrison's watch



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MEDIA RELEASE SARAH HANSON-YOUNG 30 AUG 2019 CLIMATE & THE

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Code Red for Reef on Morrison’s watch

The Morrison Government will be responsible for the death of the Great Barrier Reef unless it takes urgent acon on climate change, the Greens say.

"Today's report is a Code Red on the survival of the Great Barrier Reef," Greens Environment spokesperson Sarah Hanson-Young said.

"Today's report confirms that things are ge ng much worse for the Great Barrier Reef under the Morrison government. We must have immediate and comprehensive climate acon if we are to save it.

“The future of the Reef, the 64,000 jobs that depend on it, and its value as a World Heritage Area are all in peril because of the fossil-fuel loving Coalion.

“It’s not the Greens saying this, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority has again clearly said climate change is the biggest threat to the Reef and without naonal and global acon, it won't be 'Great' for much longer.

“Meanwhile, Ma Canavan is in India courng coal barons and pu ng the future of the Reef and the climate in further danger.

“If the PM and the Environment Minister insist on keeping their heads in the sand on climate change they'll be to blame for the death of the Great Barrier Reef. Time to stop shuffling the deck chairs on the Titanic."

Greens Oceans spokesperson and chair of the Senate Inquiry into the $444m grant to the Great Barrier Reef Foundaon, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson said: “It’s official, the Great Barrier Reef, the planet's biggest living organism, has been admied to the emergency ward.”

“No amount of cosmec surgery will save it from its inevitable total decline. The life support it needs is urgent and requires drasc climate acon.

“Collecvely, the world needs to reduce emissions. As custodian of this natural wonder, Australia must lead from the front and it isn't doing that.”