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Post-truth – Pauline declares the reef fine

Pauline Hanson goes snorkelling in the ‘wrong’ spot on the Great Barrier Reef

‘Pauline Hanson goes snorkelling in wrong spot to prove ‘untruths’ on the Great Barrier Reef’ reports news.com.au on 25 November.

‘Pauline Hanson has set out to prove climate change ‘untruths’ on the Great Barrier Reef by putting on a wetsuit and going for a snorkel 1300km from the centre of the bleaching crisis.

‘The senator, who once cooked fish for a living, went swimming off Great Keppel Island on Friday and expressed concerns about reports on the reef’s ailing health.

‘Ms Hanson claimed agenda-driven groups were telling ‘untruths’ about the state of the reef that were harming the tourism industry and businesses.

Pauline Hanson lands in hot water over the Great Barrier Reef

Reporting on the stunt, the Sydney Morning Herald (26.11.16) commented:

‘The Queensland and federal governments were also diving into the argument about the health of the reef on Friday, announcing they would be splashing $45 million on a program to improve water quality and reduce sediment run-off at the Great Barrier Reef.’

The trip came as the government prepares to present UNESCO with an update on work being undertaken to address the reef’s health.

Australia is relying on its Reef 2050 Plan to convince the UN agency to keep the Great Barrier Reef off its list of World Heritage sites in danger.

Senator Roberts said Australia should not be reporting on the reef to a UN agency, which had “fabricated” climate change.

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