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January 26, 2022

The rape of the reef continues

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The approval of dredging at Abbot Point in northern Queensland to allow a coal port and to allow for big ships to haul coal is environmental rape.

This approval has been given by environment minister (sic) Greg Hunt and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Authority, the very departments that should be protecting the already fragile reef.

All the marine scientists who had input on the proposal made recommendations not to proceed with the dredging and dumping of the material on the reef.

The people behind this port at Abbot Point are two Indian millionaires, along with Gina Rinehart and Clive Palmer.

The dredging will destroy seagrass beds and with that the dugongs will starve just like they did at Gladstone. The harbour there was also dredged, destroying dugong habitat and the fishing ­industry.

The ministers at the time of this Gladstone incident were Labor’s Anna Bligh in Queensland and Tony Burke in Canberra.

The people in control (sic) of all this don’t care because it’s business as usual, burn more coal, bugger the natural environment.

Karma has caught up with Nathan Tinkler. Let’s hope it catches up with this mob before the death of the reef.

Paul Brecht, Mullumbimby


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