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To the primary main political interview of the day, and federal Surroundings Minister Tanya Plibersek has fronted Seven’s breakfast present Dawn.

The Labor frontbencher was joined by former Nationals chief Barnaby Joyce.

Environment and Water Minister Tanya Plibersek.

Surroundings and Water Minister Tanya Plibersek.Credit score:Alex Ellinghausen

The pair have been requested about studies that Plibersek intends to dam a proposed coal mine by billionaire Clive Palmer over issues the venture is prone to have “unacceptable impacts” on the Nice Barrier Reef.

As common readers of this weblog will know, new coal and fuel initiatives have been within the highlight just lately, given the Albanese authorities has been locked in negotiations with the Greens and teal independents over its signature local weather laws.

Right here’s what Plibersek needed to say concerning the matter:

Effectively, we’re nonetheless within the 10-day session earlier than the choice is finalised, so I’ve to watch out what I say. The rationale I’m proposing to dam this, is that [the mine] is lower than 10km from the Nice Barrier Reef and has important impression [on] water [and] the land as effectively. I’m not going to say an excessive amount of about it as a result of the choice is open for a session. And I need to give everyone their say earlier than I say something additional on it … [but] the Nice Barrier Reef, in a very good 12 months, earlier than COVID, it’s about $6.4 billion value of tourism and helps 54,000 jobs.

And right here was Joyce’s stance:

That’s one opinion. I respect the method. [But] let’s have a look at our deficits. They could be harsh due to the exports of coal and fuel, that are actually serving to a nation out, so now we have to be actually cautious of claiming the phrase no. We’ve got to know the truth we’re in and we need to turn into a robust as attainable and as shortly as attainable [because of what’s happening in Ukraine and around Taiwan] and meaning now we have to earn a living. We’ve got to turn into a bit tougher and more durable in our mindset.

The mining business makes a number of instances [the reef’s $6.4b annually]. Effectively in extra of $100 billion [in] coal alone. So examine the 2. Destroy the Nice Barrier Reef, no person needs to try this. But when we hold stopping initiatives, now we have to know what we’re doing.

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