Senate debates

Thursday, 30 March 2006

Great Barrier Reef Marine Park

4:13 pm

Photo of Christine MilneChristine Milne (Tasmania, Australian Greens) Share this | Hansard source

I move:

That the Senate—
notes that the Federal Government’s Climate Change: Risk and Vulnerability report states that:
both the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics are very sensitive to changes in temperature and that an increase of as little as 2°C could have devastating effects,
climate model projections suggest that within 40 years water temperatures could be above the survival limit of corals, and
the value and uniqueness of World Heritage listed areas are already established and these should be given prominence in adaptation research and planning;
further notes that:
the World Heritage Committee considers that the Great Barrier Reef is one of many World Heritage sites that will become increasingly affected by climate change—other prime examples include the Kilimanjaro National Park, biosphere reserves such as the Cape Floral Region in South Africa and cultural sites such as the Venice Lagoon which is threatened by the rise in sea level, and
at the World Heritage Committee meeting of climate change experts at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization Headquarters in Paris on 16 and 17 March 2006, the Australian Government joined with the United States of America in arguing against the Great Barrier Reef being listed as World Heritage in Danger because of climate change; and
calls on the Government to support inclusion of the Great Barrier Reef on the World Heritage in Danger list because of climate change.

Question put.


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