Greens pledge to save the reef

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

A $176 mil­lion res­cue pack­age to pro­tect the Great Bar­rier Reef from min­ing was an­nounced by Aus­tralian Greens leader Se­na­tor Chris­tine Milne when she vis­ited Air­lie Beach.

Se­na­tor Milne was joined by Greens can­di­date for Daw­son Jonathon Dykyj and lead Se­nate can­di­date Adam Stone.

The an­nounce­ment came as de­bate con­tin­ues over the pro­posed ex­pan­sion of the Ab­bot Point coal ter­mi­nal. Ms Milne re­futed her op­po­nents’ claims that the ex­pan­sion of Ab­bot Point was needed to cre­ate much-needed jobs and said the 63,000 jobs on the Great Bar­rier Reef should be sus­tain­able longterm jobs. "We need jobs for peo­ple, make no mis­take, but jobs that come at the long-term de­struc­tion of the en­vi­ron­ment are not sus­tain­able jobs,” she said.

REEF PLEDGE: Greens leader Se­na­tor Chris­tine Milne, can­di­date for Daw­son Jonathon Dykyj and lead Se­nate can­di­date Adam Stone an­nounced a $176 mil­lion res­cue pack­age to pro­tect the Great Bar­rier Reef from min­ing in Air­lie Beach last week.

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