Good morning everyone,
I have decided to copy the post that GetUp have put on their website regarding the fight for The Great Barrier Reef. I feel so strongly about supporting this action, that for the first time I have contributed a fair amount of money towards the campaign (at least for me).
The reason I have done so, is because recent and current Governments have disregarded the environment and continue to place mining and money at the top of their priorities for Australia. This is increasingly degrading our environment to the point where our children will be left with a toxic dust-bowl left over from mining and forestry in particular.
This current Government is even trying to overturn the World Heritage Listing of some of the forests in Tasmania, in order to log them.
This quote from our infamous Prime Minister Abbott sums up the attitude of our current Government:
“We have quite enough national parks. We have quite enough locked up forests already. In fact, in an important respect, we have too much locked up forest.
We should never forget this statement!
This Government is funded by big business interests. Mining giants, Big Tobacco, Big Media and so on, are contributors to the coffers of this Government (some indirectly through the IPA). Their interests are the primary focus of where the policies of this Government are going.
This article sums it up: http://www.crikey.com.au/2013/09/06/institute-of-liberal-party-policy-what-the-ipa-will-get-from-abbott/
More can be found elsewhere on the web.
Anyway, back to the issue at hand:
In order for the interests of the people to be put first, we have to fight back – but how do you fight back against a Government? By strong grass-roots actions like this, led by community members through GetUp.
The Great Barrier Reef is just one action that I choose to help, in order for the interests of the people and the environment to be defended. We must stop our environment being destroyed by vested interests, or else we will have no environment left, and then…..
Here is the text:
We’re taking it to court
The extraordinary fundraising effort of GetUp members means we’re now able to fund a second court case for the Reef.
Members have already committed $150,000 to support North Queensland Conservation Council challenge the sea dumping permit at Abbot Point in court.
Now, we are able to commit a further $150,000 to help Mackay Conservation Group challenge Greg Hunt’s approval to dredge 3 million cubic metres Reef World Heritage Area seabed.
The fight to protect our Reef isn’t going to be easy. Today we took another huge step, but there’s still a lot of work to be done.
Whether it’s launching further legal challenges, running high-impact television or newspaper ads or another strategic campaign, let’s be ready for whatever comes next.
Can you chip-in to the citizen-led Reef Fighting Fund?
The case filed today by the Mackay Conservation Group challenges Minister Hunt’s decision to approve dredging at Abbot Point.
They argue that Minister Hunt failed his obligation to protect the World Heritage Area when he approved the dredging.
If it’s successful, the results could be a game changer – preventing 3 million cubic metres of seabed from being dredged and dumped in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area.
But that’s not all. It could set a precedent that would make it harder for anydevelopment that threatens our World Heritage Area to get approval.
Mackay Conservation Group has been on the front lines protecting our environment for almost 30 years. We’re proud to throw our support behind them.
GetUp members have committed $150,000 to help North Queensland Conservation Council launch a court case.
The case challenges the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority’s dumping of dredge-spoil at Abbot Point.
A successful case could stop the project and prevent 3 million cubic metres of dredge spoil from being dumped in the Reef World Heritage Area.
North Queensland Conservation Council have been protecting the environment of North Queensland since 1974.
Green group takes legal action over Abbot Point dredging, The Sydney Morning Herald
Reef court action seen as a test case, SBS News
Great Barrier Reef: government faces second legal challenge on dumping, The Guardian
Conservationists hope for tougher regulations on Great Barrier Reef port projects following Abbot Point court action, The Courier Mail
Conservationists hope for tougher regulations on Great Barrier Reef port projects following Abbot Point court action, The Herald Sun
Reef court action seen as legal test case, The Brisbane Times
Reef court action seen as legal test, Ninemsn News
Reef court action seen as a test case, Sky News
Court challenge aims to reverse Abbot Point dredge decision, The Northern Star
Court challenge aims to reverse Abbot Point dredge decision, The Toowoomba Chronicle
That’s it for now,