Monday, 2 March 2015
Abbot Point Coal Terminal
That the Senate—
(a) notes recent media reporting which shows that Adani's ownership arrangements in relation to the Abbot Point coal terminal and proposed Carmichael coal mine lack transparency; and
(b) calls on the Federal Government to urgently establish which individuals or corporate entities control the Abbot Point coal terminal and the Carmichael mine, whether all relevant disclosures have been made to the Minister for the Environment, and whether the environmental history of all persons or corporate entities involved has been appropriately considered.
The government does continue to deliver for the reef. Since coming to government the coalition has taken the number of ports scheduling major capital dredging from five down to zero; has passed legislation to strengthen penalties for poaching of turtles and dugongs; has implemented a $40 million reef trust to improve water quality, cull crown-of-thorns and better protect species; and will be investing in Queensland $2 billion over the next decade in reef protection. I should point out that the Australian Greens did have their opportunity when they were in partnership with those opposite in government. We will shortly launch with Queensland our Reef 2050 long-term sustainability plan, which demonstrates that Australia is managing the Great Barrier Reef to the highest standard.