FRASER GOT IT – ABBOTT LOST IT.
THE GREAT BARRIER REEF WORLD HERITAGE AREA IS ON THE VERGE OF BECOMING A SACRIFICIAL LAMB ON THE ALTAR OF THE RESOURCE INDUSTRY.
Great Barrier Reef can be seen from outer space and is the world’s biggest single structure made by living organisms.
It is one of the seven wonders of the world. Scientists estimate the Reef is 8,000 years old.
In 1981, under Liberal Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser. the Reef was inscribed as a World Heritage. Tourists flock from all over the world to see this incredible wonder. In 2014, how things have changed. Liberal Prime Minister Tony Abbott is taking all necessary steps to ensure this priceless heritage is downgraded to a World Heritage in Danger.
And the next step after a downgrading ? A World Heritage no more, just a dying coral Reef, the most unique in the entire world, home to awesome biodiversity of life. 400 coral species, 17 species of sea snakes, 215 bird species with l.4-1.7 million using the site to breed, more than l,500 species of fish, dugongs, 6 species of turtles, 30 species of whales, dolphins and porpoises, sharks – so much majestic marine life.
Australians will have lost more than a precious jewel. Our very democracy is at risk as the resource industry takes over governments; pushing aside hard won environmental laws; ensuring the weakest and cheapest ways to develop their huge undertakings.
Governments are right in there with the global corporations cancelling funding to the Environmental Defenders Offices; trashing laws; quarantining justice; failing to ensure best practice and the precautionary principle. Shutting out the democratic process. Destroying the reputations of ethical scientists who speak out over the destruction.
The Reef will now host the world’s largest LNG terminals at Gladstone and the world’s largest coal port at Abbot Point.
Yet the Queensland and Commonwealth government continue with their diabolical lies that they are taking “ all necessary steps “ to protect the Reef.
Spin doctors for the major political parties are working overtime trying to convince the public that the best thing for Australia’s economy is to allow Hancock, Clive Palmer and foreign corporations the right to destroy the Reef and the marine environment.
There’s no balance sheet. And if there was, what would the global public decide ?
What is one of the seven wonders of the world worth?
Answer ? IT’S PRICELESS.