EDITOR’S VIEW

NEW COLUMN! – EDITOR’S VIEW on Great Barrier Reef Blog

Every day, we check the media for the latest news on the plight of the Great Barrier Reef. The most up to date articles can be found on the left column of every page on our website. Our new “Editor’s … Continue reading

GREAT BARRIER REEF – THE GREAT BIG RESOURCE SELL OUT

Opinion.  Sue Arnold     7th October, 2013 At the APEC meeting in Bali, PM Tony Abbott told the Chinese President Xi Jinping that Australia wants to deepen and diversify economic relations with China. ” Australia is open for business.” Trade Minister, … Continue reading

GREAT BARRIER REEF – MEDIA CENSORSHIP AUSTRALIA WIDE

ABBOTT GOVERNMENT SUPPORTS MEDIA CENSORSHIP Opinion.  Sue Arnold   9th October, 2013. Here’s a challenge !   See who can find one word in the mainstream media about the US Center for Biological Diversity’s extended lawsuit against the US Import/Export Bank which … Continue reading

GREAT BARRIER REEF – TRAGIC LOSS OF SPECIES

Opinion.  Sue Arnold   29th October, 2013. Last night’s 7.30 Report detailed the shocking killing, maiming and injuring of thousands of koalas by the Australian Bluegum Plantations Pty.Ltd.   As the 7.30 Report revealed what this company was doing to koalas back … Continue reading

GREAT BARRIER REEF – STRATEGIC ASSESSMENT AN ALL TIME LOW

  STRATEGIC ASSESSMENT IS A WEAK DOCUMENT OPINION.  Sue Arnold  3rd November, 2013 First we had the Independent Review Panel report which basically supported the management of Gladstone Harbour by the Gladstone Healthy Harbor Partnership (GHHP) – a body which … Continue reading

GREAT BARRIER REEF – PALMER AND RINEHART – THE NOTHINGNESS

AUSTRALIA’S MINING MAGNATES AND THE NEVER ENDING STORY – COMPLETE WITH MONSTERS. SUE ARNOLD – OPINION  November 26,2013 Watching Four Corners program on Clive Palmer last night gave me nightmares. I remembered the Never Ending Story which I used to … Continue reading

GREAT BARRIER REEF – STRATEGIC ASSESSMENT QUARANTINED

GREAT BARRIER REEF DRAFT STRATEGIC ASSESSMENT – STRICTLY FOR QUEENSLANDERS AS THE REST OF AUSTRALIA IS SHUT OUT. Opinion.  Sue Arnold  4th December, 2013 If you go to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority website, it lists the meetings … Continue reading

GREAT BARRIER REEF – HAVE YOUR SAY ON DRAFT ASSESSMENT A BAD JOKE

Name: Brian Lambert Email: b.marklambert@activ8.net.au OPINION.. – BRIAN LAMBERT ON DRAFT STRATEGIC ASSESSMENT Subject: Australian Government HAVE YOUR SAY  – December 12, 2013 RE: Great Barrier Reef (have your say) Government consultation invitation (closing 31 January 2014) Dear Sirs, The … Continue reading

GREAT BARRIER REEF – ABBOTT’S COUP D’ETAT

THE MINING INDUSTRY’S COUP D’ETAT OF AUSTRALIA Opinion – Sue Arnold   14 December, 2013 You have to wonder who is running the country don’t you?   We might as well have Gina Hancock and Clive Palmer up there in the … Continue reading

GREAT BARRIER REEF – ABBOTT’S BUDGET GIVES A FREE RIDE TO RESOURCE INDUSTRY

AUSTRALIA – THE WORLD’S QUARRY – NO CHARGE Opinion – Sue Arnold  18th December, 2013 News reports on the ” economic trough” and the federal deficit projected to hit $667 billion over the next decade only mean one thing. Ensuring … Continue reading

GREAT BARRIER REEF – ABBOTT GOVERNMENT FAILS DEMOCRACY

DEMOCRACY LOST IF THE REEF IS DOWNGRADED. Opinion.  Sue Arnold  December 31st, 2013 As a New Year approaches, the dreadful reality of losing the battle to ensure long term protection and survival of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage is … Continue reading

GREAT BARRIER REEF – GLADSTONE DEBACLE – SILENCE OF THE GOVERNMENTS

THE MORIBUND GOVERNMENTS, SCIENTIFIC COMMUNITY AND ENVIRONMENTAL ORGANISATIONS. Opinion: Sue Arnold  15th January, 2014 In the light of the major articles in the Australian by Graham Lloyd, Environmental Editor, revealing the massive mismanagement of Gladstone Harbor by the Gladstone Ports … Continue reading

GREAT BARRIER REEF – US AUSTRALIA FREE TRADE AGREEMENT THREATS

US COMPANY TO USE US/AUSTRALIA FREE TRADE AGREEMENT TO KEEP NSW MINE IN BUSINESS. Sue Arnold.  January l6th, 2013 Today’s Australian reports that an American company plans to invoke the US-Australia Free Trade Agreement to prevent the NSW government cancelling … Continue reading

GREAT BARRIER REEF- MINISTER HUNT ABANDONS INDEPENDENT INQUIRY

The recent announcement by Environment Minister Greg Hunt that the promised ‘ fiercely independent inquiry which would cover all aspects of Gladstone Port development’ has turned out to be hollow indeed. The terms of reference for this whitewash will not … Continue reading

GREAT BARRIER REEF – RESOURCE INDUSTRY WHINGES

RED TAPE SHACKLES ECONOMIC GROWTH Says the headline in the Australian business section.  According to David Byers, chief executive of the Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association, Australia has a serious problem which must be fixed. No, it’s not about … Continue reading

Australians for Animals Feb 2014 Newsletter

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GREAT BARRIER REEF – GLADSTONE INQUIRY SELL OUT BY MINISTER HUNT

MINISTER HUNT’S GLADSTONE INQUIRY A BAD JOKE. Finally, a background paper on the ” fiercely independent inquiry” promised by Environment Minister Greg Hunt arrived in the office Minister Greg Hunt has graciously allowed 10 days for submissions.  Surely he’s kidding. … Continue reading

GREAT BARRIER REEF – A WORLD HERITAGE IN DANGER

LEGAL CHALLENGE WILL NOT STOP CONSTRUCTION OF ABBOT POINT COAL TERMINAL North Queensland Conservation Council have mounted a legal challenge in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal over the proposed dumping of 3 million c. metres of dredge spoil in the Great … Continue reading

GREAT BARRIER REEF – MIN. HUNT MAKES A MOCKERY OF PRECAUTIONARY PRINCIPLE

PRECAUTIONARY PRINCIPLE RE-INVENTED BY ENVIRONMENT MINISTER GREG HUNT Opinion.  Sue Arnold – Editor – 14th March, 2014 This is an important article.  The Abbott government is re-interpreting the Precautionary Principle, thus setting a dangerous precedent in weakening the obligations of … Continue reading

GREAT BARRIER REEF – CLIVE PALMER AND HIS MASSIVE CONFLICT OF INTERESTS

MONEY TALKS – POLITICIANS WALK – MINING MAGNATES RUN THE COUNTRY. Opinion.  Sue Arnold, Editor.  15 April, 2014. Given that the Australian is highlighting the fact that Palmer’s Queensland Nickel Yabula refinery is spewing toxic sludge on to the edge … Continue reading

GREAT BARRIER REEF – PALMER GET SPECIAL TREATMENT BY QUEENSLAND GOVERNMENT

QUEENSLAND GOVERNMENT – PALMER’S PUPPET Opinion.  Sue Arnold  16th April, 2014 Once again, the Australian reports on Clive Palmer’s nickel refinery indicating that the Queensland government agreed to a ” new environmental condition which was agreed with the refinery late … Continue reading

GREAT BARRIER REEF – PALMER SCANDAL GETS WORSE – QUEENSLAND GOVT SCANDAL

QUEENSLAND GOVERNMENT NEEDS AN INDEPENDENT COMMISSION AGAINST CORRUPTION. Opinion.  Sue Arnold, Editor.  l7 April, 2014 Today’s revelations in the Australian are nothing short of scandalous.   These revelations deserve to be an injunction for a Royal Commission into corruption focused on … Continue reading

GREAT BARRIER REEF – SENATE INQUIRY – SUBMISSIONS REQUESTED

SENATE INQUIRY INTO MANAGEMENT OF THE GREAT BARRIER REEF Editor’s Note:  The inquiry’s terms of reference are grossly inadequate.  They fail to deal with the ramifications of the Bilateral Agreement between the Commonwealth and Queensland; the failure of monitoring, compliance, … Continue reading

GREAT BARRIER REEF – ENOUGH OF THE BULLSHIT !

Opinion.  Sue Arnold, Editor.  April 23rd, 2014 Like many Australians, reading the propaganda and absolute garbage which appears to be the role of the media to disseminate these days, one can only wonder at the real extent of environmental damage … Continue reading

GREAT BARRIER REEF – GBRMPA INFO ON PORTS DAMAGE – WHO IS TELLING LIES ?

Editor’s note:   The North Queensland Bulk Ports Advertising Campaign is based on nothing but lies.  The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority Fact Sheet on Ports and Shipping clearly refutes all the claims by NQBP.  Once again the public is … Continue reading

GREAT BARRIER REEF – DROWNING IN POLITICAL HYPE

Opinion.  Sue Arnold, Editor.  30 April, 2014 You know when a government’s in trouble.  The powers that be start putting out incomprehensible documents with charts and thousands of words which, when examined, are almost completely meaningless. The latest addition to … Continue reading

GREAT BARRIER REEF- DOUBLE STANDARDS OVER BEN & JERRY AD.

Opinion. Sue Arnold, Editor. 5th May 2014   It’s somewhat extraordinary to see that a Queensland MP has put a complaint over the Ben & Jerry advertisement to protect the Reef to the ACCC ( Australian Competition and Consumer Commission). … Continue reading

GREAT BARRIER REEF – GLADSTONE MUST HAVE A ROYAL COMMISSION

Opinion. Sue Arnold, Editor. 12 May 2014 The foundation of the Gladstone disaster is the Bilateral Agreement between the Commonwealth and Queensland.  This agreement, which specified the requirement for monitoring and compliance was a recipe for disaster as it ensured … Continue reading

GREAT BARRIER REEF – BENTLEY – A VICTORY FOR PEOPLE POWER.

Opinion. Sue Arnold, Editor. 15.05.14. It’s fantastic news to hear that the NSW government has put on hold Metagasco’s licence at Bentley on the Far North Coast, NSW. It would be a brave government that makes a decision to let … Continue reading

GREAT BARRIER REEF – PEOPLE ARE FED UP WITH ABBOTT LIES

WHAT THE AVERAGE AUSSIE THINKS ABOUT FEDERAL GOVERNMENTS PAST AND PRESENT.  Sue Arnold, Editor.  Opinion.  20 May, 2014 Sitting in our local coffee shop yesterday, one of the area’s most successful real estate agents sat down to have a yarn.  … Continue reading

GREAT BARRIER REEF — OPEN LETTER TO TONY ABBOTT

Mr Abbott, I remember when you were elected you said you would be representing all Australians. I’m Australian and I want to let you know that you don’t represent me, my values or the direction I want to see my … Continue reading

GREAT BARRIER REEF – VERY DIRTY POLITICS AGAINST ANTI COAL ACTIVISTS

SPIES INFILTRATE ANTI COAL CAMPAIGNS IN NORTHERN NSW Opinion.  Sue Arnold, Editor .  2nd June, 2014. The Sydney Morning Herald today carried a very serious and alarming story as a result of a major investigation by the newspaper. * Former … Continue reading

GREAT BARRIER REEF – OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY GET A FREE FOR ALL IN MARINE ENVIRONMENT

Opinion.  Sue Arnold, Editor  4 June, 2014. OFF SHORE OIL AND GAS EXPLORATION NOW IN THE HANDS OF INDUSTRY   Whales, inshore dolphins, dugongs, turtles, listed migratory species and listed threatened species will no longer have the protection of the … Continue reading

Australians for Animals June 2014 Newsletter

Click HERE to download a PDF of our February 2014 Newsletter.     Now you can also view the newsletter on our www.issuu.com account HERE http://issuu.com/australiansforanimals/docs/afa_june_newsletter_email_ready   … Continue reading

GREAT BARRIER REEF – TONY ABBOTT – A TROGLODYTE ON CLIMATE CHANGE

WHO CAN AFFORD A TROGLODYTE AS PRIME MINISTER ? According to the Oxford dictionary, a Troglodyte is:- (especially in prehistoric times) a person who lived in a cave. a hermit. a person who is regarded as being deliberately ignorant or … Continue reading

GREAT BARRIER REEF – SENATE COMMITTEE ON REEF IN CHAOS

  CHAOS REIGNS IN CANBERRA Opinion, Sue Arnold.  11th June, 2014   A phone call today to the Senate Environment & Communication Secretariat in relation to the Senate Inquiry into the Great Barrier Reef offered no optimism or encouragement that … Continue reading

GREAT BARRIER REEF – LIES AND MORE LIES BY POLITICIANS

Opinion.  Sue Arnold, Editor .  13 June, 2014   I can’t think of a better way to depress the hell out of any thinking, aware person than reading the coverage of Abbott’s overseas jaunt.   At least Australians have now been … Continue reading

GREAT BARRIER REEF – ABBOTT’S REAL PURPOSE IN GOING TO TEXAS

Opinion.  Sue Arnold, Editor.  16 June, 2014.   Today’s Australian says it all.  Trade Minister Andrew Robb has just arrived back in Australia with Abbott and co.   He warned that rising costs are threatening Australia’s chance to secure new oil … Continue reading

GREAT BARRIER REEF – ABBOTT GOVERNMENT SMOKE AND MIRRORS AT QATAR

Opinion. Sue Arnold, Editor. 23rd June, 2014.   WORLD HERITAGE DECISION TO DELAY ANY IN DANGER LISTING FOR REEF IS A DISASTER. There can be no encouragement or inspiration gained from the news that the World Heritage Committee has given … Continue reading

GREAT BARRIER REEF – GORE AND PALMER – THE DOG AND PONY SHOW HITS TOWN

Opinion. Sue Arnold, Editor, 27 June, 2014.   Today’s Australian reports on Clive Palmer’s support for the carbon tax to be eliminated by the Abbott Government.   Sounds great doesn’t it?  Those electricity bills are beyond the pale and who can … Continue reading

GREAT BARRIER REEF – A ROYAL COMMISSION INTO THE MISMANAGEMENT IS THE ONLY SOLUTION

Editor, Sue Arnold.  Opinion  4th July, 2014   In many respects, the campaign to save the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area is only for optimists, probably those with a slight mental bent.  In spite of massive efforts on the … Continue reading

GREAT BARRIER REEF – SENATE ENQUIRY IS ONE BIG MESS

Opinion. Sue Arnold, Editor  l4th July, 2014   For those of you who are pinning hope on the Senate Enquiry into the management ( or should I say mis-management) of the Great Barrier Reef, there are major concerns about the … Continue reading

GREAT BARRIER REEF – SENATE INQUIRY ON REEF UN-DEMOCRATIC – DENIES RELEVANT PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

SENATE INQUIRY INTO THE GREAT BARRIER REEF DESERVES AN INQUIRY INTO ITS OWN PROCESS Opinion.  Sue Arnold, Editor.  l5 July, 2014 The Senate Reef Inquiry continues to degenerate into a fiasco.    With three working days away from public hearings which … Continue reading

GREAT BARRIER REEF – SENATE INQUIRY NEWS

  THE SKINNY ON SENATE INQUIRY FROM A CONSERVATION PERSPECTIVE Last Wednesday I flew to Townsville to give evidence before the Reef Inquiry.  It had been a real battle to be invited to give evidence, the process seems highly discriminatory. … Continue reading

GREAT BARRIER REEF – LIBERAL NATIONAL PARTY GOVTS ON THE NOSE

GLADSTONE READERS GIVE NEWMAN AND ABBOTT ZERO POINTS FOR GOOD GOVERNANCE Sue Arnold, Editor.  August llth, 2014   The Gladstone Observer recently conducted a poll asking readers to vote on the performance of the Liberal National Party governments at the … Continue reading

GREAT BARRIER REEF – DROWNING IN WORDS WITH NO RESOLUTION

WHEN POLITICAL SPIN DOESN’T WORK, DROWN THE PUBLIC OPPOSITION IN VERBAL DIARRHOEA Opinion, Sue Arnold, Editor.  13 August, 2014 I just downloaded the Strategic Assessement ( almost 700 pages) and combined with the GBRMPA 2014 Outlook Report which is well … Continue reading

ABC Four Corners Battle for the Reef

ABC Four Corners Battle for the Reef – Monday 18th August 8.35pm ABC Four Corners Battle for the Reef is a must see program. On Monday 18th of August ABC’s Four Corners will feature “Battle for the Reef” a in … Continue reading

EDITORS VIEW – FOUR CORNERS BATTLE FOR THE REEF MISSED KEY ISSUES

GREAT BARRIER REEF – WORTH 100 MILLION INDIANS? FOUR CORNERS BATTLE FOR THE REEF Opinion – Sue Arnold, Editor AUGUST 19, 2014 Four Corners made an attempt to portray some of the problems facing the World Heritage Great Barrier Reef … Continue reading

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REEF SENATE REPORT OUT ON WEDNESDAY

  REEF SENATE REPORT   Reef Senate Report coming out on September 3, according to the Senate Environment & Communications website, will be the much awaited Senate Report into the Great Barrier Reef . It was due on August 27 … Continue reading

AFA September Newsletter OUT NOW!

Click HERE to download a PDF of our September 2014 Newsletter. Now you can also view the newsletter on our www.issuu.com account HERE http://issuu.com/australiansforanimals/docs/afa-september-2014-newsletter   … Continue reading

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MINISTERS LOBBY WORLD HERITAGE SECRETARIAT

MINISTERS LOBBY WORLD HERITAGE SECRETARIAT – MORE DEADLY SPIN Today’s Courier Mail has a front page photo of Federal Minister Against the Environment, Greg Hunt in a diving suit with the news that he and Queensland’s Minister Against the Environment, … Continue reading

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REEF TRAGEDIES JUST KEEP COMING

REEF TRAGEDIES ARE TRAGEDIES FOR HUMANITY. It seems that every day we’re faced with more bad news, more spin, more garbage from the major parties in their efforts to ignore the environment. This is not just an Australian problem, the … Continue reading

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NEWMAN SENATE INQUIRY MUST LEAD TO THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A FEDERAL ICAC

Newman Senate Inquiry must come down in favor of a Federal ICAC.   The announcement earlier this week that Clive Palmer’s PUP Party had finally managed to get the numbers to establish a Senate Inquiry into the Newman led Queensland … Continue reading

Playful Koala Frolics on the beach

Playful Koala on Flinders Beach on North-West side of Stradbroke Island. Playful Koala – Koalas seem fairly tame over here. Two sitting in she-oaks each about 2M off the ground. Not spooked at all by the attention. Then, about half … Continue reading

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REEF SENATE INQUIRY DISAPPEARS FROM SENATE WEBSITE

REEF SENATE INQUIRY DOCUMENTS ARE NO LONGER ON SENATE WEBSITE As Alice in Wonderland would say, things just get curiouser and curiouser.   As I needed to check some of the documents relevant to the recent Environment & Communications Committee Inquiry … Continue reading

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CHINESE BUYING UP THE GREAT BARRIER REEF

DAYDREAM ISLAND FOR SALE – WILL BE ADVERTISED IN MANDARIN. Daydream Island owner Vaughan Bullivant has put the island on the market.  He said Asian investors would be targeted with video commercials recorded in Mandarin. “The Chinese are absolutely in … Continue reading

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FOREIGN BUYERS SNAPPING UP REAL ESTATE, COAL MINES, DAIRY FARMS

FOREIGN BUYERS SNAPPING UP REAL ESTATE, COAL MINES AND NOW DAIRY FARMS Can Australia afford to have Tony Abbott as PM ?  Can this country afford to allow his government to continue selling off at bargain basement prices our precious … Continue reading

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TRADE DEALS SELLING OFF AUSTRALIA ARE ABBOTT GOVT. POLICIES

TRADE DEALS SELLING OFF AUSTRALIA ARE ABBOTT GOVERNMENT POLICIES Reading between the lines and thoroughly researching the business/financial news, the enormous effort the Abbott government is making to sell off Australia’s precious agricultural lands, viable farm operations and mineral resources … Continue reading

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CARBON CRAP BY PALMER AND HUNT

CARBON CRAP BY PALMER AND HUNT. Thanks to a pathetic deal between Clive Palmer and Greg Hunt, the Direct Action plan has passed the Senate supported by Senators Nick Zenophon and John Madigan. DIRECT ACTION is the name given to … Continue reading

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REEF POLITICS ON THE NOSE ALONG WITH THE OZ VOTING PUBLIC

REEF POLITICS AND OZ POLITICS ON THE NOSE. Oh – you latte drinking swill living in Sydney’s north shore and eastern suburbs, you’re giving the Business Council of Australia and NSW Land and Water Commissioner, Jock Laurie indigestion. Should the … Continue reading

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GREAT BARRIER REEF WILL BE ABBOTT’S NIGHTMARE

GREAT BARRIER REEF WILL BE ABBOTT’S NIGHTMARE. Today’s Australian ( aka) Australian Mining Daily, reports that Queensland senior MPs are pissed off with President Barack Obama daring to raise the issue of climate change and worse still, speaking out about … Continue reading

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DEMOCRACY DISAPPEARS WITH CONSEQUENCES FOR THE REEF.

DEMOCRACY DISAPPEARS WITH CONSEQUENCES FOR THE REEF.   According to today’s media, the Tasmanian Government has committed to giving corporations the right to sue protestors for defamation.   This is part of a legal package of anti protest laws including jail … Continue reading

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REEF’S FUTURE PUTS RESPONSIBLITY ON QUEENSLAND VOTERS

REEF’S FUTURE PUTS RESPONSIBILITY ON QUEENSLAND VOTERS .   If the polls are to be believed, the LNP may be clawing its way back to a potential win. On the other hand, there may be a hung Parliament. Given News … Continue reading

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REEF ATTRACTS FEEBLE PROMISES FROM QLD LABOR PARTY

REEF ATTRACTS FEEBLE PROMISES FROM QLD LABOR PARTY It would be so nice to write a good news blog on the Reef, something that makes people feel as though their concerns are getting through to the political parties; that our … Continue reading

Regardless of their political colours, all Queenslanders want to see the state's unique environment protected, writes Andrew Picone.
TONY ABBOTT – AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR CANDIDATE ACCORDING TO MURDOCH PRESS ?!~

TONY ABBOTT- YOBBO OF THE YEAR A MORE APPROPRIATE DESCRIPTION Incredibly, there can be no other word to describe the article in the Mining Daily ( aka the Australian) over the weekend which nominated Tony Abbott as Australian of the … Continue reading

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AUSTRALIA DAY MESSAGE TO THE ABBOTT AND NEWMAN GOVTS.

Australia Day message from the silenced majority to the major political parties, in particular the Coalition and Newman governments.   No, Mr Abbott, it’s not the Senate minority parties; it’s not your failure to “ skite” about the Coalition’s failure … Continue reading

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AFA January 2015 Newsletter OUT NOW!

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REEF’S FUTURE LIES WITH QUEENSLANDERS ON SATURDAY

REEF’S FUTURE LIES WITH QUEENSLANDERS ON SATURDAY.   Queensland’s election is going to be a moment in history.   Will Queenslanders vote for a re-run of the Newman government and essentially, condemn the State to become a gigantic quarry for the … Continue reading

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QUEENSLAND VOTERS SAVE THE DAY – THANK YOU !

QUEENSLAND VOTERS SAVE THE STATE AND BRING BACK DEMOCRACY. What a helluva result ! The Australian spirit is not dead, and if the major political parties don’t get how pissed off the voting public is with arrogant, smug, self serving, … Continue reading

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ABBOTT AND THE REEF – NOTHING BUT GRIEF

ABBOTT AND THE REEF – NOTHING BUT GRIEF Today’s media informs us that our increasingly desperate PM, who is in what can only be described as robotic mode, repeats over and over again the same old mantra.  This is called … Continue reading

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ABBOTT SURVIVES – BAD NEWS FOR THE ENVIRONMENT

ABBOTT SURVIVES – BAD NEWS FOR THE ENVIRONMENT It would be impossible for the PM to claim he has the strong support of his party given that more than a third voted for a leadership spill. So now the NSW … Continue reading

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REEF REMAINS A PUPPET ON AN UGLY STRING

REEF REMAINS A PUPPET ON AN UGLY STRING The French have a wonderful saying –  “Tous ca change, tous c’est le meme chose.”  Everything changes, everything remains the same.   A pretty good description of the politics which surround saving the … Continue reading

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MINISTER HUNT SPECIALISES IN SMOKE AND MIRRORS

MINISTER HUNT SPECIALISES IN SMOKE AND MIRRORS So we’re all supposed to stand up and clap the Abbott government’s Minister for the Environment as he claims to ” make history” by banning the dumping of capital dredge spoil in the … Continue reading

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VALE MALCOLM FRASER -GREAT BARRIER REEF HERO

  VALE MALCOLM FRASER – GREAT BARRIER REEF HERO.   It was Malcolm Fraser’s government which succeeded in having the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park declared.   As well, his government had five properties placed on the World Heritage list including … Continue reading

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HYPOCRITES OF THE YEAR AWARD TO TONY ABBOTT AND GREG HUNT

HYPOCRITES OF THE YEAR AWARD   “We’re all conservationists“, said the PM on ABC TV last night, presenting the latest effort by his government to convince the World Heritage Secretariat and members that Australia is doing everything possible to save … Continue reading

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PEOPLE ARE RISING UP TO SAVE THE REEF.

People are rising up to Save the Reef.   An ancient Chinese proverb – May you live in interesting times– seems entirely applicable right now. There’s no doubt that a huge growing people movement is happening as gigantic efforts are … Continue reading

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PACIFIC OCEAN CATASTROPHE AS FOOD WEBS COLLAPSE

  PACIFIC OCEAN CATASTROPHE AS FOOD WEBS COLLAPSE   A massive largely un-reported environmental catastrophe is happening along the west coast of North America.   Millions of sea creatures have died and the death rate keeps climbing with no end in … Continue reading

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PACIFIC OCEAN MORTALITY LINKED TO FUKUSHIMA

  PACIFIC OCEAN MORTALITY LINKED TO FUKUSHIMA As tonnes of radioactive water continue to spew out of Reactor Number l at Fukushima, there’s no argument from the scientific community about the spread of these poisonous substances across the Pacific Ocean. … Continue reading

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Australians for Animals April 2015 Newsletter

Reef Battle Coming to a Head Ocean Noise Expose Strandings in the Great Australian Bight Government Silence on Underwater Noise Important Legal Challenge against Adani Busy times in Cook Islands … Continue reading

THE AUSTRALIAN NEWSPAPER’S BIAS ON THE REEF

THE AUSTRALIAN NEWSPAPER’S BIAS ON THE REEF The Australian newspaper is getting desperate. Having given up all thoughts of any shred of objectivity, the paper is rapidly transforming into a propaganda sheet which in any genuinely democratic country would end … Continue reading

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ADANI OPTIMISTIC OF FEDERAL APPROVAL ACCORDING TO COURIER MAIL.

ADANI OPTIMISTIC OF FEDERAL APPROVAL   According to last week’s Courier Mail, Adani executives are optimistic that federal approval will be given to dumping dredge spoil on land thus giving the green light to the project. More than 4,000 jobs … Continue reading

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GREG HUNT – ABBOTT GOVT. BULLY BOY

  GREG HUNT – ABBOTT GOVT BULLY BOY   Australians who are deeply concerned by the ongoing destruction of the Reef are disgusted by the bullying efforts of Greg Hunt. It wasn’t so long ago we listened to Julie Bishop … Continue reading

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WORLD HERITAGE RECOMMENDATION ON REEF STATUS DUE MAY 29

 WORLD HERITAGE RECOMMENDATION ON REEF STATUS OUT ON MAY 29 On May 29, the World Heritage Secretariat will release its State of Conservation advice on the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area, along with a recommendation whether or not to … Continue reading

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MURDOCH PAPER’S OUTRAGEOUS BIAS AND SLANDER ON REEF

MURDOCH PAPER’S OUTRAGEOUS BIAS AND SLANDER ON REEF. DEFEAT OF THE GREEN SMEAR – COURIER MAIL HEADLINE SATURDAY MAY 30 after the World Heritage Secretariat published its recommendation that the World Heritage listing of the Reef should not be downgraded … Continue reading

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Australians for Animals July 2015 Newsletter

THE BONN UNESCO MEETING WAITING GAME AFA TAKES ACTION WITH WORLD HERITAGE COMMITTEE DON’T BELIEVE WHAT YOU READ OR HEAR IN NEWS LTD MEDIA COOK ISLANDS – MOVING SLOWLY TOWARDS ANIMAL WELFARE LEGISLATION … Continue reading

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NEWS LTD TAKING OVER AUSTRALIA’S MEDIA

NEWS LTD TAKING OVER AUSTRALIA’S MEDIA How Australians think and what they believe is the truth is rapidly becoming the focus of a daily propaganda message from Rupert Murdoch’s News Ltd corporation.    Crikey.com.au said this last week about News Corp: … Continue reading

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WWF SELLS OUT ON REEF AT UNESCO MEETING

WWF SELLS OUT ON REEF AT UNESCO MEETING   Today’s Courier Mail carried a brief article headed ” Greenies Back Reef Rescue” detailing the fact that WWF will join forces with the Federal Government to ensure the Reef is NOT … Continue reading

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BONN MEETING FARCE AS THE SPIN DOCTORS PLEAD THEIR PHONY CASE

BONN MEETING FARCE OVER THE REEF.   Any tick of the clock the World Heritage Convention meeting will vote on the Reef.   The decision will almost certainly be to retain the World Heritage status and to ensure any suggestion of … Continue reading

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DISMAL DECISION BY UNESCO

DISMAL DECISION BY UNESCO It was not unexpected with all the money spent to persuade Convention members that Australia was looking after the Reef that the vote would go in favor of Hunt/Abbott’s efforts. What is really outrageous is the … Continue reading

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HUNT’S EXPERT PANEL’S TERMS OF REFERENCE – ANOTHER TALKFEST

HUNT’S EXPERT PANEL’S TERMS OF REFERENCE Over the next few days, this blog will reproduce some of the readable sections of the 2050 Plan for the Reef and provide an analysis of the short-comings.  The blog will be comparing previous … Continue reading

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GREG HUNT EXPOSED AS A MAN OF STRAW OVER LIVERPOOL PLAINS

GREG HUNT EXPOSED AS A MAN OF STRAW. The Emperor has no clothes.   Imagine giving approval to Communist China to allow a massive coal mine in one of Australia’s agricultural icons, the Liverpool Plains.    That’s exactly what Greg Hunt, Minister … Continue reading

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SHINING A LIGHT ON WORLD OPINION RE THE REEF – JON DAY

SHINING A LIGHT ON WORLD OPINION The World Heritage Committee’s deliberations involved far more than a simple tick for the Great Barrier Reef. Jon Day, The Conversation Author Jon C. Day Jon C. Day is a Friend of The Conversation. … Continue reading

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AFA August 2015 Newsletter

Why is it bad to keep dolphins in captivity? Why is it bad to feed them dead fish and make them do tricks for our amusement? … Continue reading

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ABBOTT INSULTS FEDERAL COURT JUDGES OVER ADANI DECISION

ABBOTT INSULTS FEDERAL COURT JUDGES OVER ADANI DECISION Today’s Australian out-did all records in bias. The front page headline screaming “ End green sabotage of coal: PM”. Oh dear. If there is any real need to demonstrate the ongoing role … Continue reading

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BIG GREEN GROUPS FALL INTO A TRAP OF THEIR OWN MAKING

BIG GREEN GROUPS FALL INTO TRAP OF THEIR OWN MAKING. Ever since the campaign to Save the Great Barrier Reef began, this blog has criticized the major environmental organisations who took control of the campaign, successfully excluding the grass roots … Continue reading

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AUSTRALIA’S SHAME AS THE REEF TAKES A MASSIVE BLOW FROM CLIMATE CHANGE

AUSTRALIA’S SHAME – THE POLITICAL BULLSHIT BEING PUSHED BY HUNT FINISHING OFF THE JOB LABOR CREATED.   The Great Barrier Reef may be dying.   Loss of coral is so dire that apparently, even scientists are weeping.   But the … Continue reading

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WWF HAS RAISED $50 MILLION ON ITS REEF CAMPAIGN – WHERE HAS IT GONE ???

WWF NEEDS TO EXPLAIN TO THE PUBLIC WHERE $50 MILLION RAISED ON THE REEF CAMPAIGN HAS GONE.   Queensland’s Sunday Mail published an important article in the weekend entitled WWF IN GRIEF OVER REEF raising major questions over the massive amount … Continue reading

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AUSTRALIA – THE UGLY COUNTRY

AUSTRALIA – THE UGLY COUNTRY.   Listening to the news is downright depressing.   Something is happening in Australia and it isn’t good. There’s a massive change going on which is destroying the environmental heritage of this ancient continent aided and … Continue reading

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AUSTRALIA’S ENVIRONMENT MUST BE AN ELECTION ISSUE

  AUSTRALIA’S ENVIROMENT MUST BE AN ELECTION ISSUE.   The Australian Greens should rename the party.   For many environmental groups and in particular grass roots community organisations who are the front line for so many campaigns, there’s no argument. The … Continue reading

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REEF LIES AND MEDIA SPIN ARE RAPIDLY DESTROYING REEF’S FUTURE

REEF LIES AND MEDIA SPIN – A SHOCKING INDICTMENT OF THE STATE OF POLITICS   Saturday’s Australian carries a front page headline.   “ Activists distorting data on Reef” quoting Russell Reichelt, Chair of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority … Continue reading

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WEARY OF POLITICIANS, PROMISES AND POISONOUS DEBATES ?

WEARY OF POLITICIANS – ELECTIONS – VIOLENCE – SPIN – EMPTY PROMISES – EGOMANIACS ? Listening to interviews with polling companies on the radio about how the public views the election, its pretty obvious a significant number of Australians are … Continue reading

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GREAT BARRIER REEF – ELECTION MADNESS

GREAT BARRIER REEF – DISAPPEARS IN ELECTION GRIEF Madness rules !  Who knows which Party will form government and what the make-up of the Senate is likely to be.  What we do know is its going to be a lot … Continue reading

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GREEN ENVIRONMENTAL PRIORITIES – JUDGE FOR YOURSELF

GREEN ENVIRONMENTAL PRIORITIES ACCORDING TO POLICY COSTINGS. Today’s mainstream media reports the costing of spending policies by the Greens as ascertained by the Parliamentary Budget Office. These are the priorities:- $9.3 billion to expand paid parental leave $20.4 billion to … Continue reading

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POOR FELLA – MY COUNTRY

POOR FELLA – MY COUNTRY IS BEING DESTROYED BY GOVERNMENTS WHICH ARE ENVIRONMENTAL VANDALS   The dreadful news that Adani has been given the go-ahead for the Carmichael mine is tragic.  This will be the biggest coal mine in the … Continue reading

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SIXTH EXTINCTION IS HAPPENING NOW.

SIXTH EXTINCTION OF PLANET EARTH IS HAPPENING WITH ACCELERATING SPEED. If you do nothing else this weekend, please go to: http://edition.cnn.com/specials/world/vanishing-earths-mass-extinction and watch the extraordinary program that CNN has put together.   Scientists from some of the most prestigious universities in … Continue reading

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AUSTRALIA DAY – IS IT REALLY TIME FOR CELEBRATION ?

AUSTRALIA DAY – TIME FOR CELEBRATION OR MOURNING?  These are difficult days.   With a mainstream media dedicated to excluding critical environmental issues, an increasing domination of regional newspapers by Murdoch, Australians are subjected to a barrage of what can … Continue reading

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CAN THE GREENS AFFORD RICHARD DI NATALE ?

              CAN THE GREENS AFFORD RICHARD DI NATALE ?   Most journalists, politicians and environmentally aware people might assume that when the leader of the Australian Greens gave a speech recently at the National Press Club the focus of … Continue reading

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GREAT BARRIER REEF TONY ABBOTT WAR AGAINST NATURE

Great Barrier Reef ABBOTT’S WAR AGAINST NATURE Opinion, Sue Arnold Editor ABBOTT GOVERNMENT MUST GO! 22.068.14 GREAT BARRIER REEF TONY ABBOTT Any aware Australian is reeling with the news that Gina Hancock and Clive Palmer are major players in destroying … Continue reading

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GBR Greenwash Ahhh! Relief! Dredging Not an Issue!

GBR Greenwash! Phew! We can all relax now. This lovely (sugar coated) “fact sheet” delightfully presented by the Queensland Resources Council shows empirically that dredging is not an issue. Well done QRC, now we can all go home without having … Continue reading

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Julie Bishop Obama Stoush Ambition Driven

The Julie Bishop Obama Stoush is being driven by her over inflated ego and more, and it’s far from representative. Opinion: Don’t be fooled into thinking that Bishop is showing strong leadership by her so called rebuke of Obama over … Continue reading

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Newman Great Barrier Reef QLD ROGUE STATE

Newman Great Barrier Reef Record – That of a dictator and Rogue State. Opinion: Newman government must go. Queensland voters have a huge responsibility in the elections which are due in a few months.  Campbell Newman is an environmental madman … Continue reading


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