Politics 101: Will the Reef Be Protected?

The Australian Federal Government is planning to hand environmental protection powers to the states, which could potentially over expose the GBR to new development threats if not regulated correctly.

Conservationalists worry that handing over Federal environmental powers to the states would harm the reef in the interest of big business.

“We are not going to sit back and let our preciously-won national environment laws be dismantled,” Australian Conservation Foundation CEO Don Henry told The Australian. “That will threaten the Great Barrier Reef, our wet tropical rainforests and the alpine region.”



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