Tur­tle care?

Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY VIEWS -

GE­ORGE Chris­tensen has been re­ferred to the Aus­tralian Elec­toral Com­mis­sion for seek­ing to give Eco Barge Tur­tle Sanc­tu­ary a $12000 “per­sonal con­tri­bu­tion” if he’s re-elected.

Un­der Com­mon­wealth Elec­toral Act 1918 anti-bribery pro­vi­sions, a per­son shall not prom­ise or of­fer prop­erty with the in­ten­tion of in­flu­enc­ing any per­son’s vote, or their sup­port or op­po­si­tion of a can­di­date or party.

Whether right or wrong, we know one thing, and that is that Mr Chris­tensen doesn’t care about tur­tles.

If he did, why would he have been such a stri­dent ad­vo­cate for dump­ing mil­lions of tonnes of dredge spoil at Ab­bot Point ad­ja­cent to an im­por­tant tur­tle nest­ing site?

Un­der the Ab­bot Point ex­pan­sion plans, ad­vo­cated by Ge­orge Chris­tensen, the num­ber of coal ships in the area will in­crease mas­sively.

This will dis­rupt the nest­ing of tur­tles and in­crease the risk of ship strike for ma­rine life in­clud­ing whales, tur­tles and dugongs. The tur­tle nest­ing ground is right next to the site where all of the toxic dredge spoil is set to be dumped.

The port will be used to fa­cil­i­tate the min­ing and burn­ing of coal, which is the lead­ing cause of global warm­ing.

Global warm­ing is caus­ing coral bleach­ing, and could dam­age the tourism in­dus­try.

Mr. Chris­tensen cares not a whit about tur­tles or the Great Bar­rier Reef.

There are so many things he could be do­ing in his elec­torate that do not in­volve per­son­ally pay­ing money on the con­di­tion of re-elec­tion. Stephen Bul­loch Bowen

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