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Essential: Labor (finally) into the lead — and we don’t care about Schapelle

Labor has moved into the lead for the first time in three years in this week’s Essential Report. It may be because voters are increasingly worried about losing their jobs.

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Tips and rumours

Purge at the ATO? … Oz and ABC are all loved-up … Stop Tony Meow knobbled …

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Caro’s flotsam and jetsam: school spirit … wages stoush … TA takedown …

The federal government has some funny ideas about education, as it wants to give $70 million to schools to … er … do exactly what they are doing now. Plus Tony Abbott’s YouTube smackdown, celebrity tragedies and Margie Abbott’s musings.

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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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Crikey Clarifier: why is the Great Barrier Reef in danger?

UNESCO has held off putting the Great Barrier Reef on its endangered list — for now. Crikey intern Sasha Petrova finds out why the reef’s in trouble and what the next steps are.

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Radioactive reef? Plan to ship uranium over Great Barrier Reef

Queensland may allow the shipping of uranium over the Great Barrier Reef. Is this a danger to one of Australia’s most treasured natural assets? Crikey intern Tim Fitzpatrick investigates.

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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

What’s wrong with our marine reserves? And other political issues of the day.

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Are we deliberately destroying the Great Barrier Reef?

We know the Great Barrier Reef is in trouble. It’s time to admit that our climate policies will contribute to its ultimate destruction, argues Dr Chris McGrath.

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The beast killing the Great Barrier Reef

It might look pretty, but the crown-of-thorns starfish is one of the main reasons the Great Barrier Reef is in serious trouble. Half the reef’s coral has been killed off in the last few decades, due to this beastie, plus storm damage and coral bleaching caused by global warming. Scientists at the Australian Institute of […]

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Does Burke’s marine protection zone get the balance right?

Australia will have the largest system of marine reserves in the world under a new policy announced by Environment Minister Tony Burke. Andrew Macintosh asks whether that’s a good thing.

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The nature reserves proving to be a thorn in Palmer’s side

Clive Palmer has bitten off more than he can chew, writes Crikey naturalist Lionel Elmore.

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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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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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Bureaucrats calm in face of possible 6000 turtle, 1500 dugong deaths

The inability to resource the toxicology of dead turtles, dugongs and dolphins, let alone address this now international issue, is unbelievable, writes Crikey naturalist Lionel Elmore.

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Crikey Blogs | FILM & TV|

The Reef movie review — a fishy creature feature with bite

Inspired by grisly real life events in which a group of unfortunate friends were stalked by a shark in the Great Barrier Reef, The Reef is a tense and unnerving survival thriller, writes Luke Buckmaster.

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Has the Shen Neng been taken to Hervey Bay to sink?

The adventures of the Shen Neng since it ran aground on the Great Barrier Reef shine a light on the clash between coal exports and the environment and the tourism industry in central Queensland.

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Come hull or high water, it’s time to get really tough on ships of shame

There is very little the Federal Government can do to change the essentially lawless and dangerous state of maritime safety in foreign vessels using our seas.

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What happens when a ship lands on a coral reef?

How did the Chinese cargo ship Shen Neng 1 run aground in a protected area of the Great Barrier Reef? And how will it be rescued? Crikey intern Elizabeth Redman spoke to Master Mariner Richard Morris.

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