Turnbull Government asked that references to Australia be removed from UNESCO climate change report
Michael Slezak reports in The Guardian (27.5.16) that ‘all mentions of Australia were removed from the final version of a Unesco report on climate change and world heritage sites after the Australian government objected on the grounds it could impact on tourism.’
The Turnbull Government intervened to excise references to Australia in a United Nations report on the risk of climate change to World Heritage sites, including the Great Barrier Reef, in a move dubbed by one Australian scientific reviewer as “frankly astounding”.
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Labor pledges $380 million for Great Barrier Reef
Shortly after news appeared about the amended UNESCO report, federal Labor moved to claim the environmental ‘high ground’, with Opposition Leader Bill Shorten announcing a multi-million dollar funding package aimed at boosting efforts to protect the Reef. Reports can be read through the page linked below.
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