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Battle for the reef rages below the poll surface

There is a new threat to the Great Barrier Reef in the form of shipping and nearby mining, writes local journalist John Mikkelsen. Will anyone except the Greens talk about it?

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Nothing fishy about delayed Great Barrier Reef impact report

The report on the Gladstone harbour development is in its final stages but has been delayed. But local journalist John Mikkelsen reports the delay was not politically motivated.

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UNESCO hears Barrier Reef gets the thin edge of the dredge

When UNESCO delegates flew out of Australia last week the passionate plea of a Gladstone regional councillor would have been ringing in their ears, writes John Mikkelsen, a freelance journalist, columnist and former regional newspaper editor.

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91% oppose treating dumping dredge spoil in Great Barrier Reef

It is the Queensland and federal governments that are proposing to allow the dredging and dumping of 125 million cubic metres of potentially toxic sediment in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and World Heritage area, writes Crikey naturalist Lionel Elmore.

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Why our Great Barrier Reef is the cheapest dump going

The Australian committee of the International Union for Conservation and Nature has warned of a tenfold increase in shipping on the Great Barrier Reef, writes Crikey naturalist Lionel Elmore.

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Poorly managed reef, CSG plant to hurt Labor’s chances?

It is assumed philosophically by governments that preserving the environment always comes at an economic cost and the carbon tax provides no better example, writes Crikey naturalist Lionel Elmore.

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Barrier Reef’s World Heritage status at risk of being lost

The World Heritage Committee (WHC) is about to send a delegation to Australia for eight days to look at the Great Barrier Reef, writes Crikey naturalist Lionel Elmore.

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Erin Brockovich on Gladstone Harbour case as dredging crisis deepens

There are dire economic consequences for poor environmental management and the pollution from dredging toxic spoil in Gladstone Harbour, writes Crikey naturalist Lionel Elmore.

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Is the Gladstone gas project too high a price to pay for the reef?

If the fisheries and tourism of the Great Barrier Reef are worth $5 billion per annum, the impact of the Gladstone LNG project alone could be very significant, writes Crikey naturalist Lionel Elmore.

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Call to stop Gladstone dredging until fish, human health impact resolved

With all this spin, deceit and bluster by the Queensland government, it is easy to forget that all of these fish and public health issues are in and around the Geat Barrier Reef Marine Park World Heritage area, writes Crikey naturalist Lionel Elmore.

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Greens Senator: put the brakes on Gladstone dredging

Already 1.7 million cubic metres have been ripped up from the bottom of Gladstone Harbour in the past two months. Alarmingly, there’s still 44 million cubic metres to go, writes Larissa Waters, Greens Senator for Queensland

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Gladstone bags of diseased fish banned from sale

Reopening Gladstone Harbour to fishing has clearly put public health at risk, so much so the the local fish market has banned the sale of them, writes Crikey naturalist Lionel Elmore.

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Gladstone disaster lurches on behind government spin

The erratic response to the still-unfolding disaster in and around Gladstone Habour is still a headache for both sides of the argument, writes Crikey naturalist Lionel Elmore.

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Fisherman loses leg, Oz risks losing reef’s World Heritage listing

Last Friday the Queensland government suspended dredging in Gladstone Harbour — for three days. This was in response to ongoing deaths of green turtles, dugongs, blind barramundi, fish kills and fishermen ending up in hospital, writes Crikey naturalist Lionel Elmore.

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