Northern-based Government Senator Ian Macdonald has slammed the Queensland State Labor Government, environmental groups and the ABC for their ongoing negative publicity on the health of the Great Barrier Reef which he says is damaging the state’s multi-billion dollar tourism industry and jobs.
Senator Macdonald said instead of rallying behind one of the nation’s most valuable living treasures, these groups continue to denigrate and devalue it, placing jobs and the reef tourism industry in serious jeopardy.
“As anyone who visits or dives on it will attest, the Great Barrier Reef is alive and well,” Senator Macdonald said.
The Great Barrier Reef is one of the best managed reef ecosystems in the world, and despite recent natural bleaching events which have impacted on some areas, it remains a vibrant, sustainable ecosystem, Senator Macdonald said.
“This is, in no small part, due to the concerted efforts of government and industry who are addressing issues of run-off and erosion in catchment areas, despite the constant criticisms being unfairly levelled at them by the left-leaning ABC and the Labor Party, whose agenda is set for them by the Greens.”
“These are the same groups who also want to shut down other viable industries such as coal, and turn our state into the unemployment heartland.
“Most Queenslanders, especially those living in those communities adjacent to the Reef, are getting sick and tired of the lies being peddled by these groups and the impact those lies are having on jobs and the Queensland economy.”