Barrier Reef inquiry a goer as Labor backs Greens plan
AN extensive Senate inquiry into the management of the Great Barrier Reef will likely be established next week, with Labor confirming it will back The Greens proposal.
Queensland Greens Senator Larissa Waters yesterday called for Labor's support, with the office of Labor's environment spokesman Mark Butler today confirming it will back the investigation.
The inquiry is expected to run over three months once established, and will examine current and proposed developments as Gladstone, the Fitzroy Delta, Abbot Point and Bathurst Bay among other areas.
It will also look at state and federal government actions to date to prevent the further decline of the reef after the World Heritage Committee warned it was considering putting the entire reef on a global "in danger" list.
The inquiry follows reports that an independent review of the Queensland Government's coastal zone strategic assessment was unlikely to prevent the further decline of the reef, with the Australian Heritage Council raising similar concerns about the Commonwealth's assessment.
Under the draft terms of reference, the inquiry will also investigate the impacts of port developments, dredging, climate change, agricultural sediment run-off and tourism developments on the reef.
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