This is the heading in a New Zealand Herald report. Australians, it states, could be forgiven for wondering if the Abbott government elected in September is the most conservation –hostile in living memory . The article says critics warn moves by Tony Abbott and his Environment Minister, Greg Hunt, will not only degrade the country’s most outstanding assets , but make Australia an international laughing stock. Compounding the right –wing government's apparent disregard for the unique environment , conservationists and scientist say is its resistance to any meaningful action to tackle climate change.
In Queensland, it continues, the health of what is widely considered Earth’s greatest reef is being risked so that Australia can ship yet more coal to China and India , fueling greenhouse gas emitting industries. In respect of approval for expansion of Abbot Point coal export terminal , which would make it the biggest port of its kind in the world, it points out it involves dumping millions of tonnes of sludge from massive dredging operations on the reef.
In Europe there is growing concern and head shaking about the actions of the Abbott Government in respect of global warming and conservation , especially after the axing of three key agencies. Just this week, the Suddeutsche Zeitung , the largest German national daily newspaper , with a strong overseas readership , ran a full page on the impact of global warming on coral reefs , with specific mention of the threats facing the Great Barrier Reef from the Abbott regime. . The paper , with a readership of 1.1 million , is regarded as a liberal publication , centre of Left.