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FROM: Glenn Winsen,
I would like to express my concern about an animated movie
made by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority
(GBRMPA) targeted at our children to show how C02 and
climate change are damaging the Great Barrier Reef (GBR).
GBRMPA's chairman Russell Reichelt was promoting the
movie on Win news on Friday, November 6, 2009. He said
aiming at children was a good way to get the message into the
future, besides which, it was also a good way to pass the word
onto the parents as they tend to take notice of what their children
have to say.
The message that C02 and climate change are damaging the
GBR is completely wrong and simply not true. This is only
speculation by some and has no scientific substantiation
whatsoever and could be proved in a court of law.
Brainwashing our children with misinformation is unforgivable
and it is the same as teaching them "2 + 2 = 5" or "C-A-T" spells dog.
I intend writing to our Federal politicians to direct GBRMPA to
stop screening this propaganda of mistruths and I suggest other
concerned persons do the same.
On "making light" of
FROM: Michael Gardner,
As a commercial fisherman working off shore in South East
Queensland, I was disappointed at your editorial (September
2009 edition) and Stuart Ballantyne's column (August 2009
edition), making light of the recent 'Pacific Adventurer'
accident and oil spill in South East Queensland.
This oil spill was not only an environmental disaster,
particularly for Moreton Island, but had a significant impact on
the fishing and seafood industry in South East Queensland. The
oil spill itself not only impacted on access for fishermen but
there was a loss of confidence in South East Queensland seafood
with a resultant significant fall in local sales, affecting
processors, wholesalers and retailers. The 31 containers loaded
with chemicals are still on the seabed, this area being part of an
important trawling ground off Moreton Island. The Australian
Maritime Safety Authority will not be lifting these containers
and they will remain on the seabed and this area will remain
closed to trawling activities.
If you believe it is only a tanker load of oil that was spilled, I
suggest you look at the photos of its impact on the northern end
of Moreton Island. It is somewhat ironic that this area of
Moreton Island had just recently been closed to fishing as part of
the introduction of the Moreton Bay Marine Park and then to be
subject to devastating damage with this oil spill.
The cost of the clean up far exceeds Squire's (sic) liability
under international maritime law, highlighting the total
inadequacy of insurance cover for this type of environmental
disaster. Long-term fishermen have also been denied access to
what was a productive fishing ground, so compensation needs to
cover not only the oil spill itself, but the ongoing loss of access
for trawler fishermen. Accidents happen, but one would have to
question this vessel undertaking a voyage through the predicted
cyclonic seas close to the coast.
It is apparent that the legal requirements under national
maritime law fall far short of the real costs in dealing with this type
of problem. Fortunately the Queensland Government has given
private claimants first access to the $17.5 million compensation
fund which is to be administered by a court-administered trust.
How they intend to recover the remaining costs at this point is
somewhat uncertain but may entail a shipping levy to be applied to
vessels traversing the Australian coast. I understand these accidents
can happen, but it is not just a minor incident, as I believe you
have purported in your magazine.
[It was certainly not our intention to lightly dismiss the seriousness of the
'Pacific Adventurer' accident. We did, however, intend to highlight the obscene
over-reaction to it by certain politicians and environmental zealots -- Ed.]
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