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Australia investigates corruption in Great Barrier Reef protection agency


Environment Minister Greg Hunt has ordered an “immediate” inquiry into the agency charged with protecting the Great Barrier Reef, after revelations that board members held interests in companies that could benefit from expanding coal and gas production near the reef. The revelations come as the Great Barrier Reef faces growing threats to its existence. Massive … Continue reading

Australia abolishes Climate Commission


The Abbott government has moved swiftly to disband the Climate Commission and sack its commissioners, including controversial chief commissioner Tim Flannery. Environment Minister Greg Hunt telephoned Professor Flannery today in what was described as a civil discussion delivering expected news. The Coalition is fulfilling an election promise to dispense with the commission, saving taxpayers $580,000 … Continue reading

Australia asked to keep the peace after Sea Shepherd rammed by whaling ship near Antarctica


Sea Shepherd captain Paul Watson expects the Southern Ocean whale-hunting season to be cut short after a dramatic clash prevented Japanese boats refuelling. The whaling fleet abandoned an attempt to refuel from a tanker yesterday when Sea Shepherd vessels intervened. The conservation activist group says three of its boats were then rammed by the Japanese … Continue reading

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