Tuesday, 11 September 2012
Great Barrier Reef
That the Senate—
(i) the intention of the Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities (Mr Burke) to transfer responsibility for protecting our nationally threatened species and wilderness places to state governments by March 2013, and
(ii) that the Queensland Premier (Mr Newman) is ready to sacrifice the Great Barrier Reef for mining and development; and
(b) calls on the Government to retain responsibility for all major decisions on environmentally damaging projects that affect our nationally threatened species and wilderness places.