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PM Abbott ticks off environmental destruction shopping list

Media Release
Christine Milne 27 Dec 2013

It has been 111 days since the election and Australians are now enjoying the end of year sales, but Tony Abbott's government has been ticking off a shopping list of 125 environmental approvals for projects.

"Tony Abbott and Greg Hunt are rushing through environmental approvals at a rate of more than one a day," Greens Leader Christine Milne said.

"They can't hand back approval powers to the states and weaken environmental protection fast enough for their big business mates, so Tony Abbott and Greg Hunt are rushing through projects with a rubber stamp.

"Open for business is just Tony Abbott's code for dig it up, cut it down and ship it away. He doesn't care about protecting the environment.

"Australians expect our governments to closely consider environmental impacts in order to protect threatened species and special places.

"Tony Abbott doesn't care. He wants to build massive coalmines, coal ports, gas wells and massive developments as quickly as possible."

Tony Abbott's Evironmental Destruction Shopping List

1. Approved the largest coal port in the world in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area and approved a mega coal mine in the Galilee Basin, turning the Great Barrier Reef into a dumping ground for dredge spoil and a shipping super highway.

2. Massive increase in greenhouse pollution from these major approvals, meaning the community will pay later with more extreme storms, droughts, bushfires

3. Done deals with every state and territory government to gut and downgrade national environment laws by giving approval powers to state premiers.

4. Removed the community's right to challenge decisions where the government has ignored expert advice on threatened species impacts.

5. Done nothing to protect farmers from unwanted coal seam gas operations, despite Tony Abbott saying landholders should have the right to say no to CSG companies coming on to their land.

6. Scrapped the COAG Standing Council on Environment and Water

7. Started dismantling Australia's world leading marine protection system.

8. Removed protection of iconic Murray River ecological communities.

9. Failed to permanently shut down Ranger Uranium Mine after a massive spill of 1.4 million litres of radioactive acid at the Kakadu National Park.

10. Started to unwind the World Heritage protections for Tasmanian forests

11. Abolished positions of climate change and science ministers

12. Slashed funding to Environmental Defenders Offices across the country


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